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Click through for the full, excellent post from San Francisco’s Green Apple Books.
I just turned off the television, and am about to turn off the computer, so I can read The Blue Sword. Because really, nothing is better than a book you have read so many times - but not in recent years - that you can actually hear your younger self reading it aloud in your head every time you bend the binding back.
I remember roaming my local library as a child, constantly amazed that they would let me just walk out the door with books that didn’t belong to me. Then I discovered bookstores, and it seemed all was lost.
Today I went to the local library in my new town. I grabbed some books I haven’t read since middle school and am curling up with them on the couch with a cocktail tonight…simply because I can.
Well I finally finished Old Filth by Jane Gardam. It read like The Secret Garden or something by Penelope Lively (who is by far my favorite English writer). You should all pick it up. I grabbed it on a whim when I started reading a number of books suggested by Bookavore when she posted a long list of things she had recommended to her mother for a reading list.
I have found I greatly enjoy most things published by Europaeditions, having picked up The Elegance of the Hedgehog and A Novel Bookstore both in the last year or two. I seek out its imprint now as I peruse shelves in my local bookstore haunts, and am much more willing to take a chance on someone I’ve not met or a summary I’m not completely enamored with but that has caught my interest, if that small bird adorns its spine.
Old Filth was everything I was promised by the flyleaf and by Bookavore. It was downright Dickensian, which my old English literature student soul was craving a bit of right now. The characters were dense, the story exquisetly told without telling every detail. The author respected her readers enough to let us figure out or assume certain inaliable truths about her main characters.
I highly recommend you pick it up if you want a bit of something old beautifully married to a bit of something new.
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