Last Saturday I finally got to head to Dymocks in the city to spend my Christmas voucher. What a long time it's been sitting there, waiting, burning a hole in my wallet. Luckily my Clunes friend, who seems to have read most of the books in the world, was on hand to occasionally pull a face or shake his head and very cautiously advise against something I'd picked up to consider buying. He did this with The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. 'Nah, you wouldn't like it,' he said, and after a brief verbal review, I believed him.
He did try to talk me into This Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, saying it was the most profoundly moving thing he'd ever read but I've heard others say it's slit-your-wrists territory and will give you nightmares for years, so I erred on the side of caution and left it on the shelf, for the time being at least.
So what did I end up with?
- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
- The Green Road by Anne Enright and
- My Brilliant Friend the first of those Ellena Ferrante books that seem to have divided many people into love it/hate it camps.
|Not much room for me....|