Posted by: Lisa Hill | November 8, 2008

BBRLM (Lisa) Aug 08

Since I have decided to delete the separate page for my BBRLM’s (because it was getting unwieldy) I have re-posted BBRLM’s for June, July & August to the main page.  This belated post records my BBRLM for August 2008, and links on the titles take you to separate posts about those books.

August was generally a very good month for me, and I think I enjoyed Scenes from a Clerical Life the most.  I also liked The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham (8), an author I had neglected for far too long, and I was glad to have seen the film which prompted me to read this intriguing story.   

I loved The Children by Charlotte Wood (9) which was discussed with ANZLL at length.   

I picked up Galileo, Antichrist by Michael White (7) from the library and although it was interesting to read more about this hero of the Renaissance, the flaws in the writing made me a bit sceptical about its authenticity. 

I read On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (9) because it was under discussion on another Yahoo group, 21st Fiction and as usual McEwan did not disappoint (even though the discussion did). 

Penguin offered free books from its Classic series to anyone who would undertake to write a review, and I was lucky enough to receive Scenes from a Clerical Life by George Eliot (9). It is such a pleasure to read 19th century writing, and I have been so lucky to have studied the great writers for my Arts degree at the University of Melbourne in the days before postmodernism took hold!

Two books from the library were a great contrast.  Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo (6) was woeful, and I now doubt that I shall ever read Empire Falls which has been on my TBR ever since I found a second-hand copy at Diversity Books. On the other hand  Generals Die in Bed by Charles Yale(7) was well worth reading for an insight into the Great War from the point of view of an American soldier serving in a Canadian unit.

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