Monday, 25 May 2009


Three book that i have read recently that i thought i might share with you. Firstly Zadie Smith, On Beauty, which, as always with Smith, is wonderful. I love the way she observes human nature in all it's flawed, weird, contradictions and weaves ordinary yet inventive tales. The second choice was a case of judging a book by it's cover, i was attracted by the cover illustration by Mary Evans. Mikhail Bulgakov's The Heart of the Dog, is a parody of the Russian revolution, retold as a witty, poignant tale.
And last but by no means least is the tremendous. The Moon is Down by the incomparable John Steinbeck. It is a "story" of the military occupation of a small village set in a fictional land but with strong overtures toward occupied Norway during WW2. It was published and circulated in secret through out Nazi occupied Europe and became a beacon of hope and a symbol of non-violent defiance. It is an awe inspiring novel and proof, if ever it was needed, that the pen is truly mightier than the sword!

These three i picked up recently in charity shops. I love old penguin novels with their colouful spines,  (all of these are orange) Again it is the cover illustrations that attracted me and i'll be glad to add them to my ever growing collection. The Little Man from Archangel dates back to the late 50's and the other two late 80's. 
Rebecca is one of my all time favourites so I was especially thrilled to find it, 
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."

3 comments:

Girl_Industries said...

I've lost my vintage copy of Rebecca and have been inspired by your post to try and root out another one as soon as I can.

I bought mine from a bloke who used to set up a book stall in the basement of DHT in Edinburgh when I was at university there. He always had the best finds, for about 60p, too. Bargain!

Rosebud Collection said...

Rebecca is one that I read and it was a touching story..Haven't read any of the others. Sometimes, I am so limited in my reading, kind of sad on my part. My father use to tell me, "Give reading a chance, it can be a wonderful friend"..

Felt~at~home said...

Ha, ha, ha.....I think we were related in a former life!! I just bought Graham Greene's 'The end of the affair' from a charity shop...it's very good :) I love scouring charity shops for bargains & books.
I love your shopping list choices this week, esp the straws & that bag.