Friday, April 15, 2011
It's been a while since my last book recommendation post, but it went over so well, I've decided to make it a recurring monthly series. I read voraciously, and not only for my research, so I'm always looking for something new to pick up. Here are some recent books I've loved:
The Weather in the Streets (Rosamund Lehmann)--a perfect combination of juicy and gorgeously-written, it tells the story of a woman who runs into an old acquaintance on a train and begins a love affair. While it is well-paced and was a popular seller in the 30's, it is also innovative stylistically.
The Sea, The Sea (Iris Murdoch)--a very sharp-witted novel about an actor who tries to retire to the seaside for some peace, but ends up being harangued by former lovers and friends to return to London. It's darkly funny and wonderful.
Troubles (J.G. Farrell)--if you're looking for a big fat book for a long plane ride, Troubles is enormous and also darkly, poignantly funny. It's set during the Irish Revolution for Independence and it's about a gigantic hotel in Ireland that's falling apart and invaded by stray cats.
I guess I've really been in the mood for dark, funny, and long books :) Have you read anything great lately that you'd recommend? Do you have any requests for topics for future book posts?
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