This was an entertaining listen for my day at home. It took a bit for me to get into the story, but I laughed several times in the later part as Jeeves made sure everything fell into place. It‘s my first Wodehouse, but I‘ll definitely be interested in more of the series. However, the story has not aged particularly well with blackface being a major part of the comedy.
#Reading1001 #TBRTakedown November 2022
I read this book many years ago, although I don‘t think it was for a class. I‘ve wanted to reread it as an adult and finally got around to listening to the fantastic audio read by Sissy Spacek. I‘m so glad I did as I enjoyed and appreciated it so much more this time.
I finished it while also enjoying a beautiful evening walk with Luthien.
#audiobook #audiowalk #1001books
#Reading1001 #TBRTakedown October 2022
I loved this book so much that I can see myself rereading it every summer. It felt like a little gem. I settled into it, not expecting it to go anywhere, but just to meander along for a while, and it was the perfect book for me. #Reading1001
This tackles an important point in history but it does it in such a way that all the “action” happens off screen. I found myself frequently confused a major event would have occurred in the book but you would only find out what and how much later in the story, it was all shrouded in subtle hints as if the reader was meant to know what those hints meant. Perhaps other readers did, perhaps it is just me that missed it.
This is a powerful story but to me it is overshadowed by the brilliance that is Passing, this is an earlier work and you can see how Larson has developed as a writer.
As a mixed raced child Helga doesn‘t feel like she fits in anywhere she doesn‘t feel black or white enough to belong decisively to either camp. The ending for me is tragic.
This is an important work, it is a short read (under 200 pages) but it really packs a punch.
#Reading1001 I am saying this a lot lately but I am enjoying these 1001 selections more than I expect to and that is great as without the list I wouldn‘t have picked this up.
This reads almost like an English Les Mis with innocent young man relentlessly pursued.
Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4904689507
#Reading1001 For most of the book I really enjoyed the story the narrator is snarky and there are very amusing one liners scattered throughout, however after the key event of the story (not the big reveal) the book loses its way as if it has lost sense of what it wants to be.
The ending finally released the reader on a low note and while I can forgive a poor beginning a poor ending taints the whole book.