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 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?
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?
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?