What I’m reading

What I’m reading

“We read to know we’re not alone.” (William Nicholson, Shadowlands)

Without reading, without books, where would I be today? Maybe I would have survived, but must less optimistically. Opening a book, I plunge into another world and then surface with more perspective and courage to face this one. Here’s what I’m currently reading.

I just began reading Zadie Smith’s latest novel, Swing Time. I was immediately drawn into the story by her narrator’s knowing yet innocent child’s voice and by the depiction of 1980s London. Smith is an excellent writer and storyteller (two different talents). Because the story involves the friendship between two girls, I couldn’t help recalling Elena Ferrante’s Lenu and Lila. Here, too, the narrator’s friend is the wilder one, at least in childhood. Smith’s short chapters, each a vignette in itself, were a surprise since the 453-page novel is quite long. That’s all since I’m only on page 46.

Books read in 2017

  1. Theatre, Somerset Maugham
  2. Up at the Villa, Somerset Maugham
  3. The Inner Game of Golf, W Timothy Gallwey
  4. The Razor’s Edge, Somerset Maugham