My Name Is Red, Orhan Pamuk (I was really bored by the time I got to the end, and felt very guilty, because apparently he's one of our great modern-day writers. Hmmm.)
Oh, I loved
that book. Or bits of it, I loved. I loved the - how to put it? - experience
of it; especially because I read it for the second time when I was in the first year of my World Art Studies degree. I loved how it submerged me in this world I'd never been to before. It realised for me what my course was trying to teach me; that there are many ways of seeing, and many ways of creating, and many meanings attached to both processes.
But yes, I was also quite bored of the plot by the end. I had been ready to leave for some time.
Ali Smith - The Accidental which I loved. So many double bluffs, so clever and so enjoyable to read. I wouldn't have chosen to read it but it was for the book group I run at work and it's exactly what a book group needs, loads to discuss, on lots of different levels.
Ooh, I just picked this up from a charity shop. I've been meaning to read some of her stuff for ages.
I'm also (re)reading House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. Another charity shop find; a friend of mine and I were talking about Allende recently and she mentioned she hadn't read that one. I really picked it up for her, but I'm rereading it myself before I pass it on...
I also just re-read Success by Martin Amis. In so many ways I hate
that book, but the technique is beautiful
. So skillful! The way the fortunes of the two protagonists switch over so subtly that you barely even notice it happen... I've read it about 4 times now trying to pinpoint one particular moment it all changes, and I've never been able to find one. It's seamless. In that respect, I admire it very much.
I keep thinking, "now what is that other thing I'm reading? The thing I'm desperate to get back to so I can find out what happens next?" ...I've just realised it's not something I'm reading, it's something I'm writing. I love being this wrapped up in something I'm writing. I know I have other things to do - like a dissertation - but ah, this is great! I'm on such a roll!