Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday Salon--British reading and Spring!



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It's officially spring now, according to the calendar, but the season arrived here in Los Angeles about a month ago. My backyard wisteria is insane, and I'm enjoying all sorts of blooming around the neighborhood--tulip magnolias, lilac vines, cherry and plum blossoms.

I've managed to do a little bit of reading this weekend, moved the bookmarks forward in two different books. First off, I started Gervase Phinn's memoir of his career as a school inspector in the Yorkshire Dales, called The Other Side of the Dale. The cover copy calls Phinn "the James Herriott of schools." I read and loved James Herriott's books about being a veterinarian in the Yorkshire Dales when I was a kid, so this sounded like a good bet. And while the stories don't have the drama of Herriott's, the writing does have a gentle wit that I'm enjoying.

I also (finally) started Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith, set in Victorian England. It's been sitting on my shelf for quite some time, and I know it's one of those books so many have recommended to me. So far it's really compelling, drawing me into the story of a Victorian con game, and promising some interesting twists and turns in the future.

6 comments:

litlove said...

Finally, after months of snow, we are beginning to see the signs of spring over here. No luxuriant wisteria yet, but a few daffodils at last! Poor Phinn will not stand comparison with the mighty Sarah Waters, I fear. But it was a gentle and charming book - good for bedtime. I really must pick up another Sarah Waters. I've been meaning to for ages!

Diane said...

The wisteria is so lovely. I so love Sarah Water's writing.

電影 said...

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Kathleen said...

I hope you enjoy Fingersmith. I just finished it a few weeks ago and loved it. The first twist had me in awe!

Gentle Reader said...

litlove--lol, bedtime is exactly when I've been reading Phinn. Just finished it, and it was very sweet.

Diane--Thanks about the wisteria--I love when it blooms, it's so extravagant! I have been hearing about Waters forever, so I'm really happy I've finally picked up Fingersmith!

Kathleen--so far I'm really enjoying Fingersmith. I'm going to focus on it this week :)

snazal said...

I have picked up Fingersmith and think it cool.