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July 27, 2016

Re-read


The books I have on my shelves haven't been shown much love since I got my Kindle. But a couple of months ago the battery ran out while I was reading a book I didn't really want to finish, and I haven't been bothered to recharge or load more onto it. So I've been re-reading some of the books I already own, some of which haven't been cracked open in years.

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Starts off promising - the main character meets a rich and eccentric fellow student at Oxford and gets tangled up with his family. Then it kind of goes nowhere, to be honest, and I found it hard to care. A main theme of the book is the struggle with Catholicism, but it didn't hold my interest much either.

Breakfast At Tiffany's by Truman Capote. I like the story, it's kind of bittersweet. However it's hard to conjure up your own images because the movie adaptation is so iconic. I like the novella more than the movie, to be honest.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Quite high on the list of my favourite books. It's an intriguing story and interesting commentary on society and feminism. Unfortunately the dystopian society in the book doesn't seem too unrealistic, the way things are going in the world. I believe there's a new TV adaptation in the works.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. The main character, an ordinary sort of guy, gets tangled up in a dangerous parallel version of London. I like the concept and atmosphere, and it was fun to read twists on places I've been to. However, I found the writing style a bit grating - a little bit too consciously figurative with descriptions. I guess it might be because it's the written version of the TV show which came first.

Perfume by Patrick Süskind. I'm still finishing this re-read, and I don't know why I hadn't picked it up for so long. It's set in 18th century France, and about a man with a prodigious sense of smell. I love the sardonic kind of tone it's written in, you're not supposed to like the main character but it doesn't stop you from enjoying the book. A long-lost favourite.

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