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Sunday November 21, 2021; 5:05 AM EST
  • Read: Snow by John Banville ★★★☆☆ 📚
    A nice trip to Ireland & crime fiction’s past. Country houses, local colour and character. Somewhat disrupted by the gory details.#
  • Read: Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie ★★★☆☆ 📚

  • Read: The Corner That Held Them by Sylvia Townsend Warner ����★���★★ 📚
    Super book, full of small incidents, ageing, illness, deaths & disappointment in a 14th century nunnery. The Black Death, a phoney priest, riot, rape & murder. A really sense of time passing, & quite a few laughs.

  • Read: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch ★★★☆☆ 📚
    Pretty good 🦠 recovery material. Light on character, mad plot, very fast moving.

  • Read: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler ★★★★★ 📚
    A re-read, from 9 years ago. I love the narrator’s voice, funny & smart. A tricksy telling that worked even though I knew the twist.

  • Read: Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead ★★★★★📚
    Lighter than The Nickel Boys.I was expecting something akin to Chester Himes but this was gentler, more thoughtful & a more absorbing read. Politics handled lightly. I hope Ray, keeps out of trouble, if not I want to read about it.

  • Read Painting Time by Maylis de Kerangal ★★★★☆ 📚
    An introduction, for me, to a strange artistic world painting trompe-l’œil. Lovely long sentences. The heroine has a ‘lazy’ eye looking two ways at once. The eye recalls Dory Previn – The Holy Man on Malibu Bus Number 3


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