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Austen to Zafón

Reading widely since 1972.

Currently reading

A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler
One Pair Of Feet - Monica Dickens I got about 120 pages in and just lost interest. Somehow, I didn't find this as funny or engaging as One Pair of Hands. I think it was easier to laugh about maid service; healing the sick isn't quite the same fodder for humor. Also, by page 80, she'd already used the N word twice; once as a nickname of a soldier who has frizzy hair and once to describe how a burn-victim's face looked (I didn't really even get how that related). While I understand that older books were written in different times, I find racial slurs, whether about Jews or Africans or Asians or whatever, to be very hard to take.