I’ve got my sweater on as the rains pours away. The flowers drenched, the thirsty earth soil quenched. I type as I hum a song and get nostalgic for a memory I never had.
Read some very good books: The House of Names ; Song of Achilles; Home Fire; Circe; and am a quarter way into Cloud Atlas; and The Idiot (by Elif Bautman) as well.
Summers are meant for books you can sink your teeth in without interruption, a book that makes you eager to turn the page, wake early to start again, if your reading is interrupted. I’m not clinking quite with the last two* as I did the others (clicking is the word that should be used, but I think of the sound of toasting, raising a glass to a novel’s good health.)
Let me know what great book you are devouring now.
*I didn’t finish Cloud Atlas, regretfully, but I liked The Idiot quite a lot. It was infuriating and delightful, leaving you a bit smarter, too. Salve! (edited dec 15, 2018)
I really enjoyed Cloud Atlas, and it was the first book we read in my Bookclub some 10 yrs. ago so I will always have fond memories of it. I love reading books without interruption (one of the few benefits of being unemployed!!). The last book I read in one sitting during a brilliant thunderstorm that lasted all night was All the Light We Cannot See – loved it!! Have recently been reading African-American lit – ie.The Underground Railroad, Their Eyes were watching God, and currently Homegoing – and then I will take a break from the genre as it can be quite heavy going. Hope you are doing well! xx Leila
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Hi Leila! I love Their Eyes Were Watching God!
I should continue on with cloud atlas. Was just thinking of how great it is you are living abroad!
We met this evening at the Fort Hill area. I have signed up for your blog and am looking forward to reading your most recent novel. Thanks for sharing your interview with the persistant interviewer! My husband and I spent a memorable day in Pondicherry two years ago, during our month in India, so I sparked to the mention of it as your native town. We were in the area to see many things, particularly the sculpture of the Descent of the Ganges at Mamallapuram. I hope we meet again. Let me know if you are coming to Los Angeles and I’d be happy to share some of the city with you. Meanwhile, I am about to read Circe, have just finished Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach and have The Ruined House by Ruby Namdar on order from CLAMS.
Kind regards, Nina
It was great fun to meet you! I’m a Srirangam native actually, and spent time near Delhi growing up, but I love Pondy. I hope we remain in touch, and I will give a shout if in LA. You might enjoy listening to music from India and beyond on womr.org Sunday mornings, 6-9. I host a music program called Namaste.