Together in Spirit

An online reading group ('TIS a reading group!) to bring together friends, and friends of friends, who aren't able to be in a conventional reading group due to constraints of time or geography.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

A Comfort Read

I have just finished Alexander Macall Smith’s “44 Scotland Street” and found it a good antidote to Ben Okri’s “In Arcadia”. Don’t go there. If you have read the “No 1 Ladies Detective Agency” then you will know his very simple language and gentle sense of humour. This is not profound, but on the other hand is not rubbish either. It is a study of personality around a light plot. Worth borrowing if you feel like an easy read occasionally. Good for young readers too.
You are right, Val, about the mobile phones making a difference. Poirot and Miss Marple would not have had to do so much deduction and therefore be so ‘remarkable’ if they had had so many traceable phone calls, DNA, etc. Computers now found in quite remote third world areas also change things. I should think they all will add plot lines as well as removing them.