Sunday, October 25, 2009

Also Recently Read



If you have any interest in exploration, the Antarctic, heroism or  endurance under the most horrific and challenging conditions, you will thoroughly enjoy the detailed chronicles of the expedition of the ship Endurance, under the leadership of Ernest Shackleton  from 1914 - 1917. Gripping stuff indeed.






I love the Notes and Queries series. It covers all sorts of topics, form the sublime to the ridiculous. This volume deals with  the origins of the phrase "anyone for tennis", whether insects urinate, whether putting milk in your tea first or last affects the taste, why do French produced notebooks have squared rather than lined paper and what is the longest voyage ever made by a pedalo, amongst many, many others........






Susan Hill is an incredibly talented writer, whose books cover ghost stories, plays, detective fiction, family life and much more. This one is a gem, dealing with a young woman's loss and journey through grief after her husband was killed in a tragic accident. I was astounded at how innately Orthodox it was in so many ways, particularly  where the protagonist is aware of her recently reposed husband being there with her in their home, but a few days later, he was gone. It was very vividly written and  neatly ties in with the belief that the soul of the departed does indeed stay near its familiar places and loved ones for the first few days after death......I have never read any other fiction books which describe this........
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1 comment:

elizabeth said...

I always enjoy hearing about the books you are reading. Thanks!