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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
Indian Summer (New York Review Books Classics) - William Dean Howells,  Wendy Lesser I had a little difficulty getting into this comedy of manners and middle age, as it has a slow start, but once in I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wordy like Henry James but more witty and in some cases out and out funny. Somehow though, not quite the quality of James, although I can't put my finger on why. I like his middle-aged main character, a man returning to Florence in the 1890s, after spending years in the midwest US publishing a newspaper. In Florence, he re-establishes a friendship with the best friend of the woman who had jilted him in Florence 20 years earlier. She is now a widow and a society matron, educating her little girl abroad. And she has a charge, a young woman visiting Florence for her first time, earnest and starry-eyed. The three of them form a mannerly but flirtatious triangle that keeps Florence's English-speaking society guessing.