What we're reading

Karen, Rita, Ku and Prem occasionally muse on books they have just read

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Had a rush of reading recently, helped by being in bed with strep throat.

Loved 'The conductor' by Sarah Quigley, about Shostakovich writing his 7th Symphony and the Leningrad Radio Orchestra playing it during the seige of Leningrad. Lovely insights into the family life of Shostakovich and I really enjoyed listening to the CD in the back cover of the symphony - especially liked the first movement.

On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry was on the long list for the 2011 Man Booker Prize which Julian Barnes actually won with The Sense of an Ending. I enjoyed both of them - both narratives told in retrospect by an elderly person, detailing their life. Barnes especially played with the idea that we remember things in part and forget the bits of our life that we aren't especially happy with.

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