I spent most of January in Candelaria, ancestral family home, in northern Zambales in extreme rural Philippines. My favorite place to read is the verandah of one of the family houses. The air is lovely, there are huge mango trees, delicious food, and wonderful and kind people.
Yes, it really is this green
1. The Lonely City Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Lang, 2016, a transcendently
2. Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector, 1943, her first novel. Published at age 23, truly amazing
3. "THE ORMOLU CLOCK", by Muriel Spark, Sept. 17, 1965, in The New Yorker. Included in The Sixties, The Story of a Decade
5. Stranger in a Strange Land Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem GEORGE PROCHNIK. Fascinating
6. "A & P" by John Updike JULY 22, 1961, in The New Yorker, first work by Updike I have read since Rabbit Run was published
7. "Kabbalist" by I. L. Pertz, 1894, classic Yiddish short story on a small impoverished school in a small town
8. Watson's Apology by Beryl Bainbridge, 1985, shows her great range, among her best works
9. Babette's Feast by Isak Dinesin. A beautiful fable
10. THE SIX The Lives of the Mitford Sisters LAURA THOMPSON. Very comprehensive story of the Mitford Family. Only for Mitfordians.
11. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna Saint Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford, a beautiful biography, the ending will nearly break your heart. 2001
12. A Week End With Claude by Beryl Bainbridge, 1967, not among my favorite of her works
13. The Yid by Paul Goldberg, Russia 1953
14. The Dress Maker by Beryl Bainbridge
15. The Famished Road by Ben Orki, 1991 Booker Prize Winner, a powerful work of magic realism, set in Nigeria
Some of these works I will or have already posted on, some I will not.