The other day, I was eavesdropping on a conversation between two young guys on the street. It went a little something like this…
Guy A: OMG that totally reminds me of that book (didn’t catch the name), have you read it?
Guy B: I don’t read books.
Rosie: *eyes widen and gag reflex is activated*
In times like these I hear my mentor, John Waters, and his very wise words…
“We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.”
A Sport and a Pastime, James Salter
Goodreads says… “As nearly perfect as any American fiction I know,” is how Reynolds Price (The New York Times) described this classic that has been a favorite of readers, both here and in Europe, for almost forty years. Set in provincial France in the 1960s, it is the intensely carnal story—part shocking reality, part feverish dream —of a love affair between a footloose Yale dropout and a young French girl. There is the seen and the unseen—and pages that burn with a rare intensity.
Rosie says… YAWN! Rare intensity? Nope, not this book. I honestly was ready for some bodice-ripping, member-quivering, good ol’ fashioned smut and this was anything but! Sure it had it’s moments of filth but I guess what was considered shocking back in the 60s is normal these days. The story didn’t seem to progress and I was so frustrated by the repetition and primitive language. It also lost me at times as it’s told from the aspect of a voyeur and his fantasies; “none of this is true . . . It’s a story of things that never existed.”
Read this book… if you like the idea of 50 Shades of Grey set in the French countryside.
The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
Goodreads says… The Lamberts – Enid and Alfred and their three grown-up children – are a troubled family living in a troubled age. Alfred is ill and as his condition worsens the whole family must face the failures, secrets and long-buried hurts that haunt them if they are to make the corrections that each desperately needs. Stretching from the Midwest in the mid-century to Wall Street and Eastern Europe in the age of globalised greed, The Corrections brings an old-time America of freight trains and civic duty into wild collision with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental healthcare, and New Economy millionaires. It announces Jonathan Franzen as one of the most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.
Rosie says… The Lamberts’ are a family that you either are a part of or know very well. I was torn between wanting to head butt these characters and wanting to give them a great big hug! They’re frustrating and cringe-worthy and so well fleshed out that it was tough to read at times. I absolutely loved the story and really enjoy Franzen’s writing style, which reminds me a lot of Donna Tartt (The Goldfinch – another fabulous read!). I’m not afraid to tell you that the ending had me sobbing like a baby as it hit a little too close to home.
Read this book… if you’re into family drama.
Read any good books lately?…