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AustenToZafon

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
The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri Finished most the book in one go. I really enjoyed the author's style which trips right along effortlessly. The characters are well-developed, especially the mother. I didn't relate that well to Gogol, the main character, but I was fascinated by the story of his parents. I was surprised and found it somehow satisfying that Gogol has several relationships and that each one is chosen based on his need to feel a certain way about himself (to feel intellectual, or effortlessly American, or Indian). I get a tired of stories about people finding that perfect person, with only small and humorous obstacles to get over before they get to the inevitable and predictable "happily every after." I'm looking forward to reading her volume of short stories!