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.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Death and then Life?

This is engaging, well written, with a good ideas and a good turn of phrase – e.g. ‘Happy is overrated, it is like the giddy cousin, laughing too loud and too long. It is better to be simply at ease.’ However I found I just couldn’t be bothered with it or any of the characters as the premise didn’t hook me, so I gave up a couple of weeks ago and haven’t given it another thought till now. I shall look forward to reading what you all think of it.

I have just started reading Pat Barker’s Life Class. Like the Regeneration Trilogy, it is based on a real character – artist/surgeon Henry Tonks in WW1. The writing is brilliant – see if you agree: ‘You knew he’d arrived only when you saw the students sitting opposite straighten their shoulders or bend more anxiously over their drawings. Tonks was a dark planet whose presence could be deduced only by a deviation in the orbit of other bodies.’ Is it too soon to suggest this as the next book?