Eating Air by Pauline Melville

There’s something intriguingly slapdash about Pauline Melville’s new novel, Eating Air.  It begins with the narrator briefly introducing himself ,  – and then the curtains raise and for 407 pages we’re jumping from character to character, scene to scene, at a pace that is exhilarating (if slightly dizzying).   Melville has created the literary equivalent of a Cirque de Soleil performance given by middle-aged political radicals … Continue reading Eating Air by Pauline Melville

Pauline Melvilles Recommendations and a Question: How much do you want to know?

Pauline Melville had an article in the Guardian UK this week – Pauline Melville’s Top 10 Revolutionary Tales.  Since I’m almost finished with Eating Air and should have the review posted soon, I recommend checking it out.  Particularly as this latest novel is so preoccupied with “terrorism or freedom-fighting”.  Here is an excerpt from the article: As a child I wanted to be a trapeze … Continue reading Pauline Melvilles Recommendations and a Question: How much do you want to know?

It’s Monday! What Am I Reading?

Another Monday is here and a literary awards week is behind us.  So what did everyone think?  I’ve never read anything by Hilary Mantel, though I already own Wolf Hall.  This weekend I went out and purchased two more of her novels:  A Change of Climate & Vacant Possession.  Both books are described as black comedies on the back cover – perfect October & November … Continue reading It’s Monday! What Am I Reading?

It’s Monday? What Am I Reading?

Another Monday is upon us…  *yawn*. Fortunately, this week should be a bit more exciting than most:  October is the month of book awards! October 6th – 2009 Man Booker Prize Winner Announced October 8th – Nobel Prize for Literature Announced October 13th – 20 Finalists for the National Book Award are Announced (come on guys – you couldn’t come up with something snappier???) Also, … Continue reading It’s Monday? What Am I Reading?