Sunday, 10 June 2012
Simon Armitage is one of my favourite poets and I liked his book "Gig" which I read last year. "All Points North" was reissued with "Gig" and follows the same format of anecdotes, poems and other snippets. It was easy to dip into and very funny.
I cannot understand why I have never read the next two books. "Regeneration" by Pat Barker is the first of a trilogy set in the First World War and deals with the treatment received by shell- shocked soldiers at Craiglockhart Hospital. Barker uses real characters such as Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen but her account is fictional. It is a beautifully written book and I am looking forward to reading the other two. I had also never read "Brideshead Revisited" by Evelyn Waugh and after my visit to Oxford, I felt it was about time. Well worth waiting for, exquisitely written, a timeless classic.
Book club choice this month was "The Last Dickens" by Matthew Pearle. Similarly to "Regeneration", it uses a real person, Dickens, and weaves a Gothic mystery around the "lost" manuscript of Edwin Drood. It was a quick read, and a page turner but not very well written. The author also seemed to think the port of Liverpool was in Kent, which is a bit of a glaring error. Perhaps I had read too many excellent books, but this was very light-weight.