Reading 2017

Titles Read = 14
Clouds of Witness — Dorothy L. Sayers

Deception: A Novel — Philip Roth

La Curée — Émile Zola
Shady finance and elicit love with a hint of the history of Paris.

Jimmy Jazz — Roddy Doyle
A short piece following up on the Barrytown trilogy.

In the Shadow of the Glen — John M. Synge

It Can’t Happen Here — Sinclair Lewis (+)

Before We Visit the Goddess — Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Snakepit: A Novel — Moses Isegawa
Brutal. Realistic view of Uganda under Amin.

Fat City — Leonard Gardener
Amateur boxing and stoop labor, with the city of Stockton, California, standing in for William Kennedy’s Albany.

A Separate Peace — John Knowles (+)
It’s 1943 and the war is on. But at a small New England boys school, they’re still working out the battle plans on the playing fields and learning a lot about life in the process. The story involves the smartest boy in school who happens to room with the most athletic boy in school. Then tragedy strikes.

Naphtalene — Alia Mamdouh (+)
Baghdad in the ’40s and ’50s. Well worth reading.

Bruno’s Dream — Iris Murdoch
A lot of dizzying narrative to juggle. Murdoch does a fine job but it gets a little muddled. Possibly one of the “also-rans” from an excellent Irish author.

Rock n Roll Babes From Outer Space — Linda Jaivin
Fun, raunchy, but ultimately being too cool is tedious.

Maigret and the Old Lady — Georges Simenon