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What to read next?

Having just completed "Atonement" by Ian McEwan I must now choose my next read. I was totally drained by the deep dark sadness of Atonement. I slogged through the book on and on till the ironically bitter end. Quite well written. It was the melodic prose combined with the hope that at some point just one thing would go well for some one that kept me going. In the end I was left feeling overwhelmed by the futility of life. Didn't need that, especially not now.

Do I return to the Inspector Banks series and finish them up? In spite of their subject always being a grisly murder, they do not leave me feeling sad.

Or go to the library tomorrow and choose some biographies? Perhaps it's time for some non fiction?

Looking at the closest book shelf, I see a Doris Lessing I might try and there's one titled "Life after Life" of which I have no memory, but sounds intriguing.

No closer to a decision than when I started writing, I'm going to take a closer look at the two on the book shelf. Doesn't feel right not to have a book close to hand ready to read.


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Apr. 19th, 2016 02:16 pm (UTC)
When you said you were reading "The Dog Stars," I just had to pick it up again, myself. In order to, I dunno, maybe imagine how you might be reacting to this passage or that. Sort of like a group read without the group.

Anyway, it's taken me this long to get just a hundred pages into it--the trips to the school and the doctor for the grandson, the time going to p/t, the time doing p/t at home, etc., etc. And so this morning Hig has just awakened from the first night of his and Jasper's first trip of the year up into the mountains.

And the dew has fallen overnight and then frozen and they've slept mostly unsheltered because Hig wants to "see the sky," the night sky where the dog stars turn and arc and never change except imperceptibly and over the course of a million human lifetimes.

And I know what happens next and even though I've read it an inexplicable number of times, my eyes are blurry and I stop right before (that's Higspeak) and put my marker there and close the book and don't know if I'll continue on or ever read it again.

In fact, I may not, at least not now, having finally and unhappily settled for a Kindle version of James Harrison's "Legends of the Fall" and began reading it last night so as to not turn the next page in "Dog Stars" and learn again what I already know...

Edited at 2016-04-19 06:40 pm (UTC)
Apr. 19th, 2016 09:29 pm (UTC)

Oh sad, I would have read it with you. It's somehow a very nice thought that someone out there in the universe would be sharing that experience. Your choice of stopping point- yeah. Even on a first read I felt it coming. And then it did and I was broke up all day.

My granddaughter (age30) wants my copy. Someday when she's here we will remember and I'll pass it on.  I want to read it again, but I find my heart in more places and pieces than on my sleeve... so I'll wait.

I share your feelings about Kindle reading, but after pricing "Legends of the Fall" I see it might be the only option open. I'm going to check interlibrary loan soon.

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