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Reading widely since 1972.

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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 Echoing Grove (VMC) - Rosamond Lehmann Out of the pain of her long-term affair with married poet Cecil Day Lewis came this novel of two sisters, one married, one having an affair with her sister's husband. As always, Lehmann's writing is pithy and intense, full of poignant descriptions of the inner lives of her cast. But I found it hard to empathize or even sympathize with any of the characters. And the constant flashbacks were confusing and annoying. I'm still not sure exactly what happened when. In the end, I guess that didn't matter, because it was one betrayal and angst-ridden interview after another, so any order would do. I stopped reading about 50 pages before the end because I ceased to care what happened.