I finished up two books that I was already most of the way through and had a bit of a lull mid-week.
41. Please Look After Mom (ebook) - bit of an odd book, written in the present tense and mostly in the 2nd person, about an elderly mother who goes missing in the Seoul metro station. Turns out everyone took mom for granted. 3 stars.
42. The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - about the 1854 cholera outbreak in London, in which someone finally figured out that cholera was spread by contaminated water and not miasma (stinky air). Interesting and quick read, and I also enjoyed the last couple of chapters where the author mulls on the lessons this episode still has to teach us today, especially about inherent biases and the general failing of the human mind to really process large systemic problems. 4 stars.
- Beast to Blonde - actually didn't read this at all last week, but I read a chapter and a half this morning . Which still means I need to read three more chapters this week to catch up. But I'm finally in section two about the stories, not the storytellers. Anyone else still slogging through this? What are your thoughts? I have to say I really have not enjoyed the last few chapters, and am questioning my commitment.
- Exiles of Erin - didn't touch this much either, but I've gotten to the third section of the book which promises a different writing style, so hopefully I can finish it off soon. Naturalism isn't my favorite literary style, but I think it still may be better than the moralizing treatises on how to be a good Irish-American Catholic that predominated the previous section... apparently there was more of the pedantic stuff in this period, but the anthologist, in the intro to the third section, quips, "There were quite a number of these writers. In the interests of space and compassion towards the reader, none of their fiction appears in this anthology." Phew.
- Hillbilly Elegy (ebook)- this came in from Overdrive just as I'd started Truman, so that got put aside. I'm really liking Hillbilly Elegy so far.
- News of the World (audio) - quite enjoying this one, but I don't know that I've got the burning love the way some of you have - I'm wondering if maybe I should have read this one instead? The narrator is fine, but not awesome. And his Spanish and German accents leave a lot to be desired, but I'm trying to overlook that
- Ensayo sobre la ceguera/Blindness by José Saramago - reading a Spanish translation of the original Portuguese. Somehow in spite of the fact that there are virtually no paragraph breaks or quotation marks, and none of the characters have names, I'm finding it quite readable. A sudden and virulently contagious blindness attacks the populace, and the gov'ts response is to lock them all up (with no assistance whatsoever) in an abandoned insane asylum and shoot them if they try to get out. It's overfull now; interested to see where he's going with this...
I think I'd like to join in on the Maugham read-a-long. I've read Of Human Bondage, but nothing else by him.
Edited by Matryoshka, 17 April 2017 - 03:48 PM.