Caroline's 2024 Reading (Part 2)

É uma continuação do tópico Caroline's 2024 Reading (Part 1).

Discussão75 Books Challenge for 2024

Entre no LibraryThing para poder publicar.

Caroline's 2024 Reading (Part 2)

1Caroline_McElwee
Editado: Mar 4, 4:36 pm


Avebury Stone Circle by Monica Sjoo
One of my all time favourite places.

I'm Caroline, I'm a bibloholic and I live in London. Still working, but due to retire in just over two years, counting the days.



I love reading (of course), art, movies, theatre, music and visiting gardens.



Paul Auster's typewriter (by Sam Messer) - one of a series of paintings.

2Caroline_McElwee
Editado: Abr 19, 5:29 pm



Last years books read: https://www.librarything.com/topic/353378#8221464

Books Read in 2024

Fiction

House on Endless Waters (Emuna Elon (05/01/24) ****
Orbital (Samantha Harvey) (11/01/24) ****
City of Girls (Elizabeth Gilbert) (22/01/24) ****
I who have never known men (Jacqueline Harpman) (27/01/24) ****1/2
Day (Michael Cunningham) (31/01/24) ***1/2
Held (Anne Michaels) (02/02/24) *****
When the Dead Come Calling (Helen Sedgwick) (19/02/24) ***1/2
In a Summer Season (Elizabeth Taylor) (04/03/24) (*) ***
Searching for Van Gogh (Donald Lystra) (30/03/24) ****
Stone Yard Devotional (Charlotte Wood) (04/04/24) ****
Pet (Catherine Chidgey) (07/04/24) ****1/2
The Light Years: Cazalet Chronicles 1 (Elizabeth Jane Howard) (15/04/24) ****1/2

Non-Fiction

Enchantment: Reawakening Wonder in an Exhausted Age (Katherine May) (20/01/24) ****1/2
Lifescapes: A Biographer's Search for the Soul (Ann Wroe) (08/02/2024) ****1/2
Novelist as Vocation (Haruki Murakami) (11/02/24) ****
To Sir, With Love (E. R. Braithwaite) (14/02/24) (****)
Pure Wit (Francesca Peacock) (29/02/24 - leap year!) ****
Sara Shamma: Bold Spirits (Dulwich Picture Gallery) (02/03/24) *****
Prospect House (Gilbert McCarragher) (19/04/24) *****

Poetry

Four Quartets (T S Eliot) (14/01/24) twice today *****

Rereads (already counted above (*))

*.

TOTAL: 21

Fiction: 13
Non-Fiction: 06
Poetry: 02
Female: 14
Male: 05
Non-binary/trans:
Various:

UK: 09
US: 03
Canada: 01
UK/American: 03
Israel: 01
Belgium: 01
Japan: 01
Syria: 01
NZ: 01

3Caroline_McElwee
Editado: Ontem, 10:46 am



BOOKS ACQUIRED 2024

43

08/14/11/10

(Last year's numbers: (16/14/15/11/09/14/11/10/08/13/21(oops)/21)



BOOKS RELEASED
1 book out for everyone in plus:

10 (4 weren't in my catalogue)

Last year 520 books went out plus 1 out for everyone in (160 in, a third of previous years, but too many). I've been abysmal at updating my catalogue though. I'm going to aim at no more than 59 in this year.

4Caroline_McElwee
Mar 4, 4:34 pm



WELCOME

And help yourself to a choccy....

5laytonwoman3rd
Editado: Mar 4, 4:39 pm

>4 Caroline_McElwee: Oooo....thank you! I just don't know which one to choose...

I have managed to put 65 books into the donation boxes for library books sales, Little Free Libraries, or Goodwill so far in 2024. I probably won't continue at quite that rate, but I'd love to take out twice as many as come in, as a rule of thumb.

6FAMeulstee
Mar 4, 5:14 pm

Happy new thread, Caroline!

Loved all the art in your previous thread.
>4 Caroline_McElwee: Like Linda^ I find it hard to choose, they all look delicious!

7figsfromthistle
Mar 4, 5:24 pm

Happy new one!

I have a few free libraries on my route to work. I always put a few each week in them....sometimes I take one in return.

8PaulCranswick
Mar 4, 5:37 pm

Happy new thread, dear Caroline.

9jessibud2
Mar 4, 6:04 pm

Happy new thread, Caroline. I am a chocoholic but with the caveat that it really depends on what's inside....;-)

10Caroline_McElwee
Mar 4, 6:06 pm

I can assure you all, those chocolates were delicious. The bonus here is they are calorie free, whichever you choose!

11msf59
Mar 4, 6:42 pm

Happy New Thread, Caroline. I hope the week is off to a good start.

12mdoris
Mar 4, 7:05 pm

OOOHHH, don't mind if I do (help myself to a choccy).

Here are 6 good reasons to visit your thread!
"I love reading (of course), art, movies, theatre, music and visiting gardens."

13Caroline_McElwee
Mar 5, 9:25 am

>11 msf59: Well not working Monday's helps Mark!

>12 mdoris: Aww, thanks Mary.

14Caroline_McElwee
Editado: Mar 5, 9:46 am

16. In a Summer Season (Elizabeth Taylor) (04/03/24) ***



Rereading this for my RL book group. Probably read about 10 years ago, didn't remember it a bit.

For me one of her least engaging novels, over the years I have read all bar 1. I really didn't warm to any of the characters, except maybe Lou (Louise) the 19 year old daughter. I didn't feel I really knew the central character Kate, but maybe that was the point, and her annoying younger 2nd husband Dermot ... why, I kept asking myself.

The older characters: Edwina, Aunt Ethel (I hate when writers give characters names beginning with the same letter) and Charles were more fully drawn. Not the novel to start with I'd suggest.

My favourite of hers is A View of the Harbour which I have read several times (I love the tone), and started me reading her work.

15Sakerfalcon
Mar 5, 11:39 am

I love the Monica Sjoo painting! Did you see the recent exhibition of her work in Oxford? I managed to catch it just before it closed.

16alcottacre
Mar 5, 11:46 am

>4 Caroline_McElwee: Not a chocolate lover myself, so I will give mine up to someone else :)

>14 Caroline_McElwee: I picked up A View of the Harbour not long ago. I will have to dig it out and give it a read. I read In a Summer Season several years ago but I liked it more than you did. I would definitely like to read more of Taylor's books. Do you have any other recommendations?

Happy new thread! Have a terrific Tuesday!

17kac522
Editado: Mar 5, 12:58 pm

>16 alcottacre: My favorite Elizabeth Taylor is Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (and there's a lovely film of it, too). Others I have enjoyed are A View of the Harbour, At Mrs Lippincote's and The Sleeping Beauty. A Wreath of Roses is good but very intense. I was less impressed by In a Summer Season, A Game of Hide and Seek and Palladian. I didn't get on at all with Angel which I just read last week, but lots of people think it's one of her best works. And last month I finished a collection of her short stories, The Blush, and I found almost all of them very good, if you like that genre.

I think I have 3 novels and 3 short story collections left to read of hers.

18Caroline_McElwee
Mar 5, 2:19 pm

>15 Sakerfalcon: As a round trip to Oxford in a day is too much for me now Claire, I gave it a miss. I generally stay a night or two sometime during the year, as I can catch up with a friend as well as see an exhibition. I do love her work though.

>16 alcottacre: I pretty much agree with Kathy, below, in the Taylor books. The inly of her novels I haven't read is A Wreath of Roses which I will get to this year Stasia.

>17 kac522: I read a couple of her short story volumes Kathy, Dangerous Calm and The Devastating Boys the latter was the one I preferred.

19drneutron
Mar 5, 8:56 pm

Happy new thread!

20vancouverdeb
Mar 6, 1:56 am

Happy New Thread, Caroline. I must admit , the chocolates are very tempting!

21Helenliz
Mar 6, 4:25 am

Happy new thread.
I'll have a chocolate, thanks. not supposed to be eating them in real life, so I'll stick to one virtually. >:-)

22AlisonY
Mar 6, 5:53 am

>14 Caroline_McElwee: I've not read anything by Elizabeth Taylor yet, Caroline, so noting A View of the Harbour.

23BLBera
Mar 6, 10:56 am

Happy new thread, Caroline. I LOVe the art you have at the top. Love it. Good luck with your acquisition goals.

I still haven't read anything by Taylor, but I do have a couple of hers on my shelf, so my goal this year will be to give one a go.

24Caroline_McElwee
Mar 6, 12:23 pm

>19 drneutron: Thanks Jim.

>20 vancouverdeb: >21 Helenliz: Mostly I have to resist them Deborah and Helen, but at Christmas I made an exception.

>22 AlisonY: I hope you will like it Alison.

>23 BLBera: Thanks Beth.

A few more in than planned, but fewer than the same time last year. I need to get back on track with exits though.

25lauralkeet
Mar 6, 12:30 pm

>14 Caroline_McElwee: I read this in 2009 and like you, rated it just 3 stars. I'd previously read and loved A View of the Harbour and Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont. I think I liked the characters in *Summer Season* more than you, but the plot just didn't measure up. Still, I went on to read the rest of her novels thanks to a year-long reading project in the Virago group during 2012 (the centenary of her birth). She's definitely a favorite author.

26Caroline_McElwee
Mar 6, 2:07 pm

>25 lauralkeet: I guess you really can't expect every offering in a writer's oeuvre to be a hit Laura, and I noted very different responses in the reviews, we were slightly in the minority.

27charl08
Mar 7, 7:13 am

Happy new-ish thread, the Sjoo painting is fascinating.
I have enjoyed the Elizabeth Taylor conversation, I have a few copies of her books but haven't got very far with them.

Your book counts are very clear re in / out. I started listing them, but the list is already rather longer than I anticipated!

28Caroline_McElwee
Mar 7, 7:32 am

>27 charl08: Ha, always more difficult to keep 'in' numbers down Charlotte. I'm making inroads at least. Need to get back on track re releases though.

29mdoris
Mar 9, 7:44 pm

HI Caroline, Yippee, I figured out how to turn the photos around. It happened again so I tried plan D! Thanks for your help.

30Caroline_McElwee
Mar 10, 9:16 am

>29 mdoris: Yay indeed Mary.

31Caroline_McElwee
Mar 10, 9:19 am

Went to see:



I got a lump in my throat as Burton is seen about to start the 'Alas poor Yorik' soliloquy at the footlights, as the play closed. The Burton/Gielgud production was done as if a rehearsal, so this was a rehearsal of a rehearsal so to speak. With fine performances. There where moments when Jonny Flynn really had Burton's voice, but it was hard to sustain it for nearly 3 hours. Gatis was excellent as Gielgud, and another in the cast who impersonated Gielgud behind his back was spot on.

Flynn truly showed you how destructive Burton could be when in his cups. Heartbreaking to be reminded how young he died, 58.

***

My line manager asked me what I was doing at the weekend, so I explained about the play and he looked blank. Richard Burton... no, didn't know the name. Married to Elizabeth Taylor, no.. no recognition. 'Let me google'. Ha. A reminder that someone half ones age will not know your references! I think it is far less likely for younger people to know of creatives from earlier eras, than we did, but then we only had a very few channels to watch/listen on, so we were all watching the same things, and they showed movies from earlier eras. Now there are so many ways to imbibe culture that aside from the things that quickly become 'cult' viewing it is spread thinner, and earlier work less likely to be seen.

32charl08
Mar 10, 10:06 am

>31 Caroline_McElwee: This sounds amazing, Caroline.

I saw the Marley biopic last night (mentioned on your last thread) and was really impressed. Thanks for mentioning it - I'm not sure I'd have gone without knowing you rated it.

33Caroline_McElwee
Editado: Mar 10, 10:18 am

>32 charl08: Glad you enjoyed the Marley biopic Charlotte.

The play last night was really good. I heard someone in front of me saying it was his second time seeing it.

34Caroline_McElwee
Mar 10, 6:35 pm



I went to see Andrew Scott's one man 'Vanya' (National Theatre Encore Showing) and glad I did. A bravura performance. You certainly needed to have seen the play done traditionally to get the best from it (I have seen it twice live and once filmed), and it demands concentration from the audience, but there was a voice and a way each character held their body.

I remember many years ago seeing what I called Robert Lepage's 'One man and a pair of legs Hamlet', he needed a man with a rapier on a ladder to dual with - you only saw his trousered legs; there was a camera in the tip of the rapier which looked back at Hamlet.

It rained heavily all day, but amazingly stopped when I was exposed, so the brolly never went up.

***

Was glad to see 'The Motive and the Cue' has an Encore showing at the end of the month. I was at the back of the royal circle (to avoid most of the steps) so it will be good to see it again up close. I've often seen the Encore showing of plays I've seen live, to get that different perspective.

35richardderus
Mar 11, 6:48 pm

New-thread orisons, Caro!

36BLBera
Mar 13, 9:44 pm

>31 Caroline_McElwee:, >34 Caroline_McElwee: They both sound wonderful, Caroline.

>31 Caroline_McElwee: I had this experience with my students. When I mentioned that Bob Dylan had won the Nobel Prize for literature, a student asked me, "Who is Bob Dylan?"

37Caroline_McElwee
Mar 15, 4:26 pm

>35 richardderus: Thanks RD, have a good weekend.

>36 BLBera: It is strange that people who have been part of the cultural background of your life become so little known by younger generations Beth.

38Caroline_McElwee
Mar 20, 5:26 am

Lost my reading mojo a bit, and away at weekends this month, so less time.

Apologies for not getting around threads either. Hopefully will pick up when I have some time off at Easter.

39Caroline_McElwee
Mar 27, 9:19 am

Have a lurgy, so not about much for a few days. Will catch up when I can.

40msf59
Mar 27, 9:34 am

Happy Wednesday, Caroline. I hope you feel better. Rest up. "Vanya" sounds amazing. I just saw Andrew Scott in "All of Us Strangers". Very good film from last year and he was excellent. Have you seen "The Souvenir" with Tilda Swinton and her daughter? I just watched Part II and it was also quite good. Interesting stories.

41Caroline_McElwee
Mar 27, 11:00 am

>40 msf59: I saw 'Souvenir' Mark, and need to catch up with the second. Her 'Eternal Daughter' (same director I think) is on the list for this week.

Yes, Scott and Mescal were fine in 'All of Us Strangers'.

42BLBera
Mar 27, 11:45 pm

Feel better, Caroline.

43Caroline_McElwee
Mar 28, 6:22 am

>42 BLBera: Thanks Beth. Not there yet, but at least I have a week off now and can rest.

44alcottacre
Mar 28, 7:25 am

>17 kac522: >18 Caroline_McElwee: I have read Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (although I have not seen the film version of it. Thank you for the recommendations!

>43 Caroline_McElwee: I hope you get all the rest you need to enjoy and recover!

45msf59
Mar 28, 8:09 am

Let me know how "Eternal Daughter" is. It is also on my list.

Oh yeah- Sweet Thursday!

46jessibud2
Mar 28, 8:39 am

Hope you feel better soon enough to be able to enjoy at least part of your week off, Caroline.

47Caroline_McElwee
Mar 29, 1:02 pm

>44 alcottacre: I enjoyed the film version of Mrs Palfrey Stasia, though a while since I saw it.

>45 msf59: Will do Mark.

>46 jessibud2: Thanks Shelley. I'm fluctuating at the moment, but a bit more comfortable mostly.

48EBT1002
Mar 30, 1:43 pm

Hi Caroline. I love that painting of Paul Auster's typewriter.

Re: The National Theater. I have received some promotions about productions available for viewing/streaming. Have you watched any of those? I thought the filmed production of the stage production of "Hamilton" was so well done (what they can do with cameras these days!!) that I've been tempted to give it a try. If I do, I'll report back. :-)

49Caroline_McElwee
Mar 30, 2:40 pm

>48 EBT1002: Yes Ellen. I have started going to see the recorded version after seeing a production live too. It gives such a different perspective with the close up shots.

I have also been on a night a recording was made. Lear. I think Laura (Lauralkeet) watched the live broadcast the night I was there in London, if I remember correctly.

50Helenliz
Mar 30, 2:42 pm

Feel better soon. There's a lot of it about.

51Caroline_McElwee
Mar 30, 5:47 pm

>50 Helenliz: Thanks Helen. Still not shaken it off, though have little oases of slightly betterness.

52Caroline_McElwee
Mar 30, 5:48 pm

Can't believe I haven't finished a book since 5 March. Though have half a dozen non-fiction books I'm nibbling at.

53Caroline_McElwee
Editado: Abr 9, 7:27 am

17. Searching for Van Gogh (Donald Lystra) (30/03/24) ****



Nathan and Audrey are two young people who have already experienced hard knocks, and find each other as they are trying to redefine themselves. This is a story of a friendship. Nathan is seeking himself as a nascent artist in his spare time. Audrey is using the Hepburn character in Breakfast at Tiffany's, with her own tilt, to try and make a life for herself, but they are both pulled back to the past in striving to make a new future.

Thanks to RD for this recommendation.

54lauralkeet
Mar 31, 6:27 am

>49 Caroline_McElwee: That's right, Caro! We saw an NTLive production of King Lear in a cinema several years ago, and a few other NT plays as well during that period. Most of the time they were not simulcast, but it felt like live theater. This prompted me to check out offerings in our area; looks like there's a small venue that occasionally shows NT productions. I'll have to keep that in mind!

55FAMeulstee
Abr 1, 7:04 am

>51 Caroline_McElwee: I hope you feel better by now, Caroline.

>53 Caroline_McElwee: And glad to see you finished a second book in March :-)

56charl08
Abr 1, 8:52 am

Sorry to read you've not been well, Caroline. I hope the time off helps.

I am enjoying (my) lack of activity this Easter Bank Holiday rather too much I think. It's making me want to book some time for a trip. I was thinking that I'd like to discover a new-to-me gallery. I am still hoping to get back to Dulwich, one visit was definitely not enough. I was thinking about the RA's Kauffman exhibition but not sure I'm going to fit a visit south in time to catch it.

57alcottacre
Abr 3, 9:35 am

>53 Caroline_McElwee: Adding that one to the BlackHole. Thanks for the recommendation, Caroline.

I hope you get to feeling better soon!!

58Caroline_McElwee
Abr 3, 10:09 am

>54 lauralkeet: Thought I wasn't misremembering Laura.

>55 FAMeulstee: I have a few days in Stratford upon Avon in May, with my sibs Charlotte. Haven't been since I was a kid, so looking forward to exploring. Have tickets to Love's Labours Lost. I suspect there might be a gallery.

>55 FAMeulstee: >56 charl08: Thanks re lurgy. Heading into week 3. The pharmacist said this strain has commonly been lingering for 3-4 weeks. I guess as I haven't been ill for 4+ years I shouldn't grumble.

59Helenliz
Abr 3, 10:46 am

>58 Caroline_McElwee: You have my sympathy, I've finished week 4 of my cough and it's still there. Coughing harder with less crap being cleared. I'm really cheery about it, as you may have guessed!

60Caroline_McElwee
Abr 3, 11:49 am

>59 Helenliz: Sympathies returned Helen. Mine is a dry cough with very sore throat at night. I hope yours clears up soon.

61richardderus
Abr 3, 1:51 pm

>58 Caroline_McElwee: *gaaak* for being ill for most of a month! I am, of course, pleased that you enjoyed >53 Caroline_McElwee:, but would be happier if you'd enjoyed it in better health....

Stratford sounds like it will be fun, so I hope you're back to 100% before it occurs. *smooch*

62Caroline_McElwee
Abr 3, 2:42 pm

>63 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks RD. I'm definitely pretty fed up with being under par, especially as I had to postpone a few things over the. easter break.

63Caroline_McElwee
Editado: Abr 9, 7:27 am

18. Stone Yard Devotional (Charlotte Wood) (04/04/24) ****



The narrator is an unnamed, middle aged woman, who after taking a short retreat at a run down convent in her home country of Australia, returns there and never goes home. Three 'visitations' that occur shape the story.

I expected this to be more about solitude than it was, which maybe lost it half a star (bit too much about the visitation of mice - relentless), but I still found moments of her self-exploration quietly deep.

Certainly a writer whose back catalogue I will visit.

64Caroline_McElwee
Editado: Abr 6, 1:38 pm



Finally got to 'The Zone of Interest' based on a novel by Martin Amis.

Disturbing as expected. It explicitly tells the story if the commandant Hoss' family who live in a house abutting Auschwitz. You never see into the camp itself, but you hear some of what goes on over the wall. You witness the every day domesticity of this family and their utter self serving life. Clearly the adults at least know what is going on, but it impacts them only in some of the spoils that have been taken from the prisoners. The wife has finally been given the home of her dreams and refuses to move when the commandant is promoted. The only person who may be feeling the horror is the grandmother who briefly comes to stay, and leaves early.

I suspect I will think about this for some while. Born 15 years after the war's end it impacted on my generation because our parents and grandparents wanted to understand what happened, and how it happened and how so many turned their heads to enable it. At a young age I sat at my dad's side watching 'World at War', and I have read much of the holocaust literature as well. Currently rereading Etty Hillisum's diaries and letters.

Well deserving of its Oscar.

65AlisonY
Abr 6, 1:21 pm

>63 Caroline_McElwee: I was about to add this one to my wish list, Caroline, but you lost me at the mention of mice....

66Caroline_McElwee
Abr 6, 1:36 pm

>65 AlisonY: Yup, it needed fewer mice for sure Alison.

67Helenliz
Abr 6, 3:58 pm

>64 Caroline_McElwee: I'm not a fan of Mr Amis, but that sounds like it would certainly be worth a look.

I'll post this on a couple of threads, I'm looking for ideas of poetry,readings etc that feature bells &/or bellringing.
Any ideas, throw them my way.
Thanks

68laytonwoman3rd
Abr 8, 5:42 pm

>67 Helenliz: Probably giving you the obvious, but The Bells by Edgar Allen Poe, and No Man is an Island by John Donne are two good examples of poetry featuring bells.

69Berly
Abr 8, 5:50 pm

>58 Caroline_McElwee: I feel you. Week four of sinus/ear infection and just finished round 3 of antibiotics. I am feeling better, but totally wiped. Oh well. Hopefully the 3rd time is the charm and I will slowly get better.

>64 Caroline_McElwee: Sounds painful but really good. Nice review!

70kac522
Editado: Abr 8, 7:06 pm

>67 Helenliz:, >68 laytonwoman3rd: Another obvious one...the Christmas carol I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, poem by H W Longfellow: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Heard_the_Bells_on_Christmas_Day

One of my favorite carols.

And I think there are bell-ringers in Thomas Hardy's novel Under the Greenwood Tree, if I remember correctly.

71mdoris
Abr 8, 10:47 pm

Bells feature prominently in The Bell in the Lake a novel by Lars Mytting.

72Caroline_McElwee
Abr 9, 3:58 am

>71 mdoris: I liked that Mary, and have book 2 near the top of the pile.

73Helenliz
Editado: Abr 9, 4:10 am

Thanks all, any ideas welcomed.

>68 laytonwoman3rd: just because it's obvious doesn't mean I've thought of it... The Poe I had, I should have remembered the Donne, though.

>70 kac522: I must have purged the Hardy from memory, I hated Hardy at School! I think we did Under the Greenwood tree as well. I will gird my courage to the sticking place and find that out.

>71 mdoris: that's one I didn't know.

74Caroline_McElwee
Editado: Abr 13, 4:13 pm

19. Pet (Catherine Chidgey) (07/04/24) ****1/2



The allure of the young teacher Mrs Price has her class and all her colleagues under her spell. The narrator, 12 year old Justine, whose mother has died and who lives with her father tells of how she and her school friends worship the ground Mrs Price walks on, vying to become her Pet, which entails doing the tasks of her bidding. A realistic look at the dynamic of children and the adults in their lives, and how intensely and quickly things can get out of hand. This is a psychological thriller that although quite early I had my suspicions kept me turning the pages. Considering I am not very much into ‘coming of age’ novels, I remained fully engaged with this book, and will certainly revisit this new to me NZ author. Thanks to PaulC for putting it on my radar.

75msf59
Abr 9, 7:56 am

I also loved The Zone of Interest, Caroline. Very unsettling and just as relevant now. I really liked his film Under the Skin too, although that was dark and creepy.

76kac522
Abr 9, 10:49 am

>73 Helenliz: Correction--Under the Greenwood Tree has a group of musicians, but they are not bell-ringers.

Apparently there is a scene of 6 bell-ringers in the last chapter of Hardy's Desperate Remedies. They are not handbell-ringers; they pull the ropes for the large bells in the belfry of the local church. I did read this book, but don't remember the ending scene at all.

Here is a link to the Project Gutenberg Desperate Remedies last chapter "Sequel", with the bell-ringing scene:
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/3044/3044-h/3044-h.htm#link2H_4_0023

77mdoris
Abr 9, 11:43 am

>72 Caroline_McElwee: Hi Caroline, Book #2 is very good too. Now I am waiting for #3 to be published.

78richardderus
Abr 9, 12:20 pm

Hi Caro! Hope you're well, and reading wonderful books.

79PaulCranswick
Abr 13, 7:35 am

>74 Caroline_McElwee: Really pleased that we were in sync with that one, Caroline. I loved it.

80laytonwoman3rd
Editado: Abr 13, 10:25 am

>74 Caroline_McElwee: You and Paul have zapped me with that one...onto the Wishlist it goes. (Except the touchstone goes to Stephen King's Pet Sematary.

81Caroline_McElwee
Abr 13, 4:17 pm

>75 msf59: I agree Mark.

>77 mdoris: The third must be due soon Mary.

>78 richardderus: Pretty much recovered now RD. I hope all is well with you.

>79 PaulCranswick: Will definitely be looking for other work.

>80 laytonwoman3rd: Thanks re the touchstone Linda, sorted. I'm pretty sure you will become engrossed with this one.

82mdoris
Abr 13, 8:44 pm

Hi Caroline. I just did a little bit of research and the 3rd in the trilogy will be published Feb. 2025 and the title is....The Night of the Scourge. He has written quite a few books.

83Caroline_McElwee
Abr 14, 6:03 am

>82 mdoris: That will come around soon enough Mary. As it is I can't believe over a quarter of the year is behind us! I do have (as yet unread) one of his other novels.

84BLBera
Abr 14, 1:10 pm

Both Stone Yard Devotional and Pet go on my WL, Caroline. And "The Zone of Interest" sounds powerful. As usual, some great reading going on here.

85Caroline_McElwee
Editado: Abr 15, 6:07 pm

20. The Light Years: Cazalet Chronicles 1 (Elizabeth Jane Howard) (15/04/24) ****1/2



I was gifted a bag of Cazalets some years ago, picking them up now after reading Laura's (Laurelkeet) enthusiasm for them.

A family saga with a bit of upstairs/downstairs to it in the early volumes at least. Kicking off in volume 1 in 1937 introducing all the family/personalities. Howard is wonderful at giving you a varied cast, and allowing you to like even the more difficult characters. And she gives a wonderful flavour of place.

Now I'm heading into WWII in Volume 2 Marking Time.

86richardderus
Abr 15, 4:15 pm

>81 Caroline_McElwee: I'm really glad you're better. I, OTOH, am reading a poetry book for my annual self-test of intolerance to the stuff. No Charity in the Wilderness: Poems from the University of Nevada Press...I'm sure as heck not gonna BUY one, and these good folk have auto approved me on Netgalley, so...they, in the long run, get the blame or the praise.

87lauralkeet
Abr 15, 4:42 pm

>85 Caroline_McElwee: I just picked up Marking Time at the library today, Caro. You inspired me to start it sooner than I'd originally planned! I have a bit left in my current read and then I'm going to dive right in. I'm so excited.

88Caroline_McElwee
Abr 15, 6:09 pm

>86 richardderus: Haha RD. I shall check on your progress.

>87 lauralkeet: I took a biggish bite out of volume 2 this evening Laura.

89lauralkeet
Abr 16, 6:08 am

>88 Caroline_McElwee: I took a probably smaller bite at bedtime, Caro. It feels like I never left.

90Caroline_McElwee
Abr 18, 10:35 am



I really enjoyed this documentary/interview with the quietly understated photographer Jane Bown, many of whose portraits are iconic of their subjects, although she often had no idea who those subjects were. She simply seemed to perceive herself as the newspaper The Observer's jobbing photographer.

91Caroline_McElwee
Editado: Abr 19, 5:31 pm

21. Prospect House (Gilbert McCarragher) (19/04/24) *****



I loved photographer and writer Gilbert McCarragher's intimate record of the house of Derek Jarman and his close friend Keith Collins, who continued the care of this home for 24 years after Jarman's death, until his own death. I'm not sure that McCarragher knew Jarman, but he was a neighbour and friend of Collins, who agreed to this project.


Maggie Hambling's portrait of Jarman, painted from memory and hung in the house after his death. She went to art school with Jarman and remained a friend.






The little lead house on his desk that contained his chequebook.

Biography, memoir, witness, gift to all those interested in Jarman, and record of a deep friendship and legacy in the care Collins offered in the home's upkeep. It is now held in trust, and periodically used by artists and writers in residence. Prints of the portrait raise money for the HIV/AIDS charity The Terrance Higgins Trust.