Reading this week has been something of a mash up – I was in the middle of both The Brothers Karamazov and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, when I realized that This One is Mine was on my review calendar for next week. So I found myself reading three very different novels at one time.
Really, I think I’m getting too old for that, because things were quite confuddled for a while. So this afternoon’s Sunday Salon post is an attempt to straighten it all out in my head.
The Brothers Karamazov, Part II: When Part II started out, I thought we were going to get to know the Brothers K a bit better. But actually, all the action nearly stops in this section while Ivan and Zosima the monk are given the opportunity to discourse on their respective faiths. I have to admit, Dostoevsky was a hard go for me this week.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: I know I’m late to the Stieg Larsson party, but I’m certainly eager to catch up after reading this first installment in his “Girl” series. This almost-character-driven-psychological-mystery was a treat, and kept me up one night long past my bedtime. I understand a movie has just been released, although I’m not sure if I could handle the violence on the big screen.
This One is Mine: According to the blurb, the novel’s main character Violet Parry has a “picture perfect life – a beautiful house, a successful husband, a darling baby.” Indeed, Violet seems to have every woman’s dream life, right down to the freedom to purchase hats from Paris on a whim or spend hundreds of dollars on artisanal chocolates. Sadly, it’s just not enough – Violet seems to need the attentions of a scruffy street corner musician to make her life interesting and exciting.
Speaking of getting old – I think I’m just too old to read/appreciate these novels. They SO have 30-something written all over them. This One is Mine, by screenwriter-turned novelist Maria Semple, is fast paced and acerbically witty, and I’m think the 30-40 year old crowd would love it. Sadly, an old broad like me just can’t relate.(Love the cover, though 🙂
And what will I be ravenously reading next week??
Hmmm…will continue with The Brothers K and see how I fare; and have just started a book I picked up at the library earlier today called Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. Here’s what I know about this novel, the first for Helen Simonson:
When Major Pettigrew, a retired British army major in a small English village, embarks on an unexpected friendship with the widowed Mrs. Ali, who runs the local shop, trouble erupts to disturb the bucolic serenity of the village and of the Major’s carefully regimented life.
As the Major and Mrs. Ali discover just how much they have in common, including an educated background and a shared love of books, they must struggle to understand what it means to belong and how far the obligations of family and tradition can be set aside for personal freedom. Meanwhile, the village itself, lost in its petty prejudices and traditions, may not see its own destruction coming.
Indeed, I believe an old girl like me will simply love this one.
Now tell me, does your age influence the types of books you like to read? Have your reading tastes changed as you’ve gotten (ahem) “older”?