It’s December 28th and here’s a list of what Santa dropped off at our house this year. Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer by Tim Stark – So far I’m really enjoying this book. Basically, Stark began farming heirloom tomatoes in Pennsylvania and selling them to chefs at NYC’s Union Square Greenmarket. Interesting reading particularly for vegetable gardeners. Fortuitously, my Seed Savers Exchange catalog … Continue reading The Monday After Christmas…
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
It’s Monday! – and here is what I’ve been up to: I posted A Discussion of Two Novels by Margaret Atwood: Oryx and Crake & The Year of the Flood. It’s a discussion, rather than a review, because I tried to keep the focus on the narrative techniques & away from any major plot points. So much of the fun of reading these novels comes … Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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?