Monday, 25 August 2008

Late summer. Recent reading

Haven't had a chance to take any photos lately. When there has been a period of sunshine I've been otherwise occupied and the rest of the time it's cloudy or actually raining.
The garden is between seasons and, I have to admit, looking a little dull at the moment, though the geraniums (or pelargoniums) have done surprisingly well in the wet.
Anyway, here is the local Hampshire countryside this time last year. Photo credit Rory Vereker.

Recent reading. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - I was both interested and moved by the accounts of wartime on the island. If I have a criticism, it is that I felt the novel was too whimsical in parts. I couldn't quite believe in all the characters though I liked the main protagonist.

Old School by Tobias Wolff. Thought-provoking novel, same flavour as The Dead Poet's Society. I much enjoyed Wolff's excellent writing and the emotions of the bookish hero who spends his schooldays pretending to be rather grander than he actually is in order to keep up with the preppy Joneses, while his competitive literary aspirations were genuine, heartfelt and entirely convincing.


Jan Jones said...

My goodness, Susie, that's some garden!

:) :) :)

Susie Vereker said...

OK, Jan, I re-wrote the post!