October 12, 2015
Bootlegger's Daughter by Margaret Maron - continuing on my light summer reading path ... a friend recommended Margaret Maron's mysteries. She has two main series: a NY city based series featuring NYPD cop Sigrid Harald, and this "America South" (North Carolina) based series featuring attorney-soon-to-be-judge Deborah Knott. Short review: I like mysteries. I like Southern novels. I like Bootlegger's Daughter. I'll read more in the series. (note: there are a couple situations described in a little more detail than I prefer to find in my novels; I'm sure I'll get a better idea of whether this is this author's "norm" or not by the end of the next book).
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson - I vaguely remember seeing this movie a couple years ago and liking it, so I grabbed the book when I saw it on the shelves at the library. A fun little piece of "Cinderella" fluff; read it in a day.
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh - I think if my exposure to this story were only via the tv series, I might not see it as anything more than a mere soap opera; albeit a lofty British soap opera. But I never saw the tv show, and the writing ... THE WRITING is sooooo good. Waugh can weave a sentence beautifully and craft a story gloriously. Reading Brideshead felt positively serendipitous in the way it bumped against and overlapped two other authors I'd read recently. I originally libraried for Waugh books after I found him on Harper Lee's list of favorite authors when she described him thusly: "And Peter Devries, as far as I'm concerned, is the Evelyn Waugh of our time. I can't pay anybody a greater compliment because Waugh is the living master, the baron of style." So, it ought not surprise me that Waugh & Lee both reference "Arcadia" (a vision of pastoralism, a paradise, if you will): Waugh titled his first book in Brideshead "Et in Arcadia Ego", literally "I am even in Arcadia", and Lee has Atticus decidedly & divisively saying the following in Go Set a Watchman, "Have you ever considered that you can't have a set of backward people living among people advanced in one kind of civilization and have a social Arcadia?" Another serendipitous literary overlap ... Heading into book two, Waugh references a scene from a Father Brown story: "D'you know what Papa said when he became a Catholic? […] He said […]: 'You have brought back my family to the faith of their ancestors.' […] The family haven't been very constant [in regards to religion], have they? There's him gone and Sebastian gone and Julia gone. But God won't let them go for long, you know. I wonder if you remember the story Mummy read us the evening Sebastian first got drunk – I mean the bad evening. Father Brown said something like 'I caught him' (the thief) 'with an unseen hook and an invisible line which is long enough to let him wander to the ends of the world and still to bring him back with a twitch upon the thread.'"
The Consequences of Ideas: Understanding the Concepts that Shaped Our World by R.C. Sproul - haven't gotten beyond the first couple chapters. tbc. Ditto to Nesbit's book. tbc.
Posted by Skeller