Posted: Jan 15, 2023 6:44 pm
by Evolving
Blip wrote:1. The Moose Paradox by Antti Tuomainen
2. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

A marvellous paean to the power of literature and how it connects readers through time and across space. An ancient Greek text, gradually revealed as the novel progresses, links numerous central characters from the past, present and future, whose tales are also told. I really did find this hard to put down.

This one might be up your street, Evolving.

I suppose the ancient Greek text is The Birds?

Anyway, here goes with my list for this year.

1. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens.

Obviously I've read this before (in fact I vaguely remember first reading it at school). I had a few days off after Christmas, the small one was in England with her grandparents, and I used the opportunity to watch a couple of old films on YouTube, including A Tale of Two Cities with Dirk Bogarde as Sydney Carton. And that made me want to re-read the novel.

It evidently was a while since I read it before, because while watching the film I had the impression that it was quite true to the book; but reading the book again now, I realised that that impression was in error! It was still a good film, though.

We've talked about Dickens before, and I do understand why some people don't like him. I myself tend to skim through certain passages, including in this book. In fact it was one of the strengths of the film, that it hasn't got those turgid passages.