Friday, June 26, 2009

Book, interrupted

All the open books in my house, photographed where they fell:

Top to bottom:

What I loved, Siri Hustvedt
Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin
The Dumas Club, Arturo PĂ©rez-Reverte
No Great Mischief, Alistair Macleod
Sea Change, Robert Goddard
Mr Toppit, Charles Elton
Wherever you go, there you are, Jon Kabat-Zinn


Danielle de Santiago said...

ah d love to know if you have read siris other books and what you think about "what i loved"...i think its her best book..even though somehow i had the weired idea that she hadnt wrote it herself...the "voice" is so different from all her other books..if it was just a new style she found inside herself then its a wonderfull change,,,,

Nikki Magennis said...

Hi Danielle,

I haven't read any of her other books, no. Isn't she married to Paul Auster or did I dream that?!

I've only just started the book, and I like the characters. I don't know, though, something about it is maybe a bit self consciously 'arty'? Do you know what I mean? A lot of references to artists, poets, writers etc. Which makes me a little suspicious that it might be name-dropping ...

Still, I'll keep reading and see how it turns out!

Danielle de Santiago said...

hey nikki...

dont read her other books..if you red what i loved first you ll be dissapointed by her other stuff..and yes she is married to paul auster..and somehow i always imagined that he wrote that book for her so she finally would be able to have a bigger succes and leave his shadow...its one of the books where you really feel like you know the charakters after a while...the book has a catchy start..i always need a start that grabs me by the..uhm..brain..

max said...

what i loved is top shelf, way up there. her Lily Dahl book is good, too.
i like Dumas Club also but not nearly as engaging.

Nikki Magennis said...

Hi Max. Oh, I'm cycling through books at the moment. Picking them up, losing interest, starting something else, forgetting where I was, getting confused. It's a bit like 'If on a winter's night a traveller', only with no hope of a resolution in sight. A book daisy chain.