Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Reading Life Review February 2017

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Books I Read in February which I did not post upon

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kami

Autumn by Ali Smith. Part one of s forthcoming tetralogy

The Inferno by Dante in a new translation by Peter Thornton

The poetry of Edna Saint Vincent Millay

Loving Robert Lowell by Sandra Hochman

Robert Lowell Setting the River on Fire by Kay Jamison

Literary Biographies for February

Edna Saint Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford

Ted Hughes by Jonathan Bate

Antoine Saint-Exupréy by Stacy Schiff

All three of these biographies were first rate.


Novels posted on

I read two debut novels in February

Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector and

Beautiful Ape Girl Baby by Heather Fowler

Plus The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier

The Dressmaker by Beryl Bainbridge (set in London during WW Two)


Short Stories

"The Kidnapping of Pearl Button" by Katherine Mansfield (1909)

"Babette's Feast" by Karen Blixen



Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann- for sure worth reading

Grigory Rasputin The Twilight of the Romanovs by Douglas Smith-must Reading for those into late Romanov history.


As always my great thanks to those who leave a comment

Mel u


Mudpuddle said...

eclectic, thy name is Mel... impressive to say the least... tx for sharing...

Suko said...

Wow! You truly live the reading life. Great job, Mel!
The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kami sounds intriguing.

Mel u said...

Mudpuddle. Thanks as always for your comments and thoughts

Mel u said...

Suko. Thank you as always for your comments