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Sunday Salon: the Two-for-One

September 27, 2009

The Sunday Salon.comSince I was sick and slept right through last Sunday, I’ll be talking about books I’ve read during the last two weeks!

First I read The Knife Of Never Letting Go in one sitting-I got stuck in the library during a flash thunder storm (…darn…) and settled down in a comfy chair to read. I’m not reviewing it yet, though, since there’s a big group review in the works! ;)

memoryanddreamIn a fantasy mood, I picked up my first read for the Canadian challenge: Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint. I’ve been making my way through his Newford series in the order recommended on his website, and I was excited to get to this one after two he’d originally published under a different name (that were more horror). Oddly enough, I didn’t love this one the way I expected. While I thought the idea of characters in paintings coming to life was really neat, reading the book felt a bit like deja vu. I found myself rolling my eyes at meeting more woman characters who were described as tiny, with lots of wild hair, expressive eyes, and bohemian dress. I know that sounds mean, and since I consider de Lint one of my new fave authors (I read him for the first time in 2007), I was taken aback by my own reaction. Perhaps it just wasn’t the right time for de Lint? I’ll definitely be reading the next in the Newford series to see how I react again.

heartofchristianityI turned next to Marcus Borg’s The Heart of Christianity. I must say, I absolutely adored it. Brog is a progressive Christian, and I can completely envision myself as a progressive Christian as well. Like me, he argues that myths can still be true, a higher truth than any historical fact, and that therefore the Bible doesn’t need to be read literally to still affect us. Oh, and that there’s no need to believe that Christianity is the only ‘true’ religion in order to have a relationship with Jesus. And that’s just two examples of how he argues (quite elegantly-much more so than my little synopsis implies) for the relevancy of Christianity to twenty-first century life. I can’t wait to read the rest of his books, and I only wish that he included a list of recommended churches in the back! (I’ve found a gorup of progressive churches in Denver, but I think they’re hiding here.)

findingnoufThen I finished the book-on-CD I’d been listening to: Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris. I chose this randomly off the library shelf because it was a mystery set in Saudi Arabia. I love mysteries and I love international settings, so it seemed like a good match. ;) It turns out Ferraris is an American who was married to a Saudi-Palestinian and used to live in that community. I thought this book got better as it progressed; at first, the choppiness of Ferraris’ writing was quite jarring. And I wasn’t sure how authentic her main male character, a Saudi Palestinian was (that’s when I began to do a bit of research on her background!). But once I adjusted to Ferraris’ style, I enjoyed the peek into Saudi life. I think my favourite thing about the book was that Ferraris doesn’t pretend Suadi women have a ton of rights. At my college, there were several older male professors who were focussed on the Middle East, and after visiting Saudi they gave a panel talk about it. And they actually tried to imply that women are happy there. Or that wearing black robes and head scarves over all of your usual clothes in the middle of a desert wasn’t ridicuously hot. And that it didn’t matter that it’s illegal for women to drive, because they can hire drivers. You can imagine how I felt hearing this crap from men who couldn’t possibly know what it’s like. So I loved that Ferraris brought a woman’s perspective to the issue. Anyway, if I talk anymore about it, I’m going to end up with my post about it. But for me, the drawbacks in the book (writing style, somewhat muddle mystery in the first half of the book) were more than made up for by the rare setting and characters. If you too are always interested in reading books set in new places, give it a try! Ferraris has another book, City of Veils, coming out next year and I’ll be excited to see how she grows as a writer!

atimeofangelsFrom Saudi Arabia, I moved on to South Africa with my first Spice of Life selection: A Time of Angels by Patricia Schonstein. I adored this book so much. It’s a fable-like story of Jewish emigres and their children in Cape Town post-World War Two. At the heart of it are two friends, Primo (a professional magician and psychic) and Pasquale (who can make the most marvelous fruit cakes and salami ever). They’ve always been inseperable, until Primo’s wife Beatrice leaves him for Pasquale. This sets off a chain of magical realist events-among other things, the Devil becomes Primo’s new roommate! And it turns out he has a love of embroidery. This is a slim book, almost a novella since it’s barely over 200 pages, but so much is packing into it! Schonstein provides the backstory of various relatives of Primo and Pasquale, from a woman who runs a bordello to Pasquale’s father learning the marvelous recipes for salami and fruitcake while locked in a small closet as a young boy with two Italian brothers hiding through WWII (this story was the most beautiful, and I think everyone should read the book simply for it). The book is about love and lust, survival and death, friendship and revenge. It’s about life, and how people react to tragedy and joy, but it’s never heavy-handed. When I saw fable-like, I mean in the lightest sense possible. Stories are left open-ended, Schonstein doesn’t force any life philosophies down your throat. But I know I’ll remember these characters forever, and I can’t wait for her other books to be released over here.

Then I turned to Half of the Sky, the new book about the rights of women in the developing world by the husband-and-wife, Pulitzer-prize-winning team of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Heather has agreed to do an interview review of this one once she’s read it (since she’s always reading marvelous feminist books!), so I’ll hold off on discussing it until then. ;)

londonsceneWhich brings me to The London Scene, five essays by Virginia Woolf. (Apparently, there’s another edition published with a bonus essay, so now I feel like I’ve been cheated out of my Woolf!) This is a tiny book, significantly less than 100 pages, and the essays were originally published in Good Housekeeping. Basically, Woolf walks around various parts of London and writes her impressions. It’s beautiful. I’ll leave it at that, since everyone should go read these now. And for those of you who arne’t big fans of her fiction, her essays aren’t stream-of-conscious style, so you should give them a chance! The whole collection only took me an hour to read, but it’s one I’ll definitely visit again in the future.

thehouseyoupassonthewayNext up I read The House You Pass on the Way, my second experience with Jacuqline Woodson. This is another tiny book (while I was reading A Suitable Boy I wanted small books to keep me occupied), but it packs a big punch. The main character is a girl on the cusp of puberty, who doesn’t have any close friends because her mother is white and her black father’s parents were famously killed during the Civil Rights movement. Thus, kids her age tend to assume she’s a snob. Anyway, her cousin comes to stay for the summer, and the two immediately bond. I read this for the GLBT Challenge, because among other things they bond over both liking girls more than boys. What I love about Woodson is that while her book’s plot summaries might make them sound ‘issue’ based, they never are. The characters feel real and human, like friends you haven’t met yet. I’m excited to read more of Woodson’s backlist! And if you haven’t tried her yet, I highly recommend remedying that. ;)

agnesgreyAre you still with me? Because then I turned to my sixth and final book for the Classics Challenge: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. A couple of years ago I read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and loved it! So I wanted to read Anne’s other book. :) I can’t say that I’ve read The Nanny Diaries, or even seen the movie, but I imagine Agnes Grey is like the nineteenth century version of it. Due to her father’s unfortunate business skills, Agnes goes into service as a governess to help her family. Through two situations, she dishes on the horrible temperment of her charges, the immorality of her employers, and in general how awful it is to be a governess. ;) Agnes is a clergyman’s daughter, and she’s pretty judgemental (although against herself as well). But I still liked her, and when romance begins to hint around the edges, I was excited to see how it would turn out. This book has definitely confirmed that Anne is my favourite Bronte! I’ve never gotten along well with Charlotte (don’t get me started on Jane Eyre-I know a lot of book bloggers love it, but I’m not one of them). And while Emily amuses me (and I plan on rereading Wuthering Heights soon), she’s a bit unstable to get close to. Anne’s the one for me! :)

youdbesoprettyifI finally finished Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy-it will be getting its own post (1400 pages! it deserves it!), so we’ll jump right to You’d be So Pretty If… by Dara Chadwick. This is a book about body image among women, especially how mothers can pass along issues to their daughters. In theory, the main audience is women with daughters, since the book includes advice on how to give your daughters a strong body image even if you don’t have one yourself. But I think any women would profit from it; I certainly enjoyed reading it! It was more like a sleep-over with a bunch of intelligent women, from all different backgrounds, dishing about being a girl and our bodies. If that sounds interesting, I recommend picking this one up! Also, don’t you love that cover?! Chadwick also has a blog if you’re curious.

creatingaworldwopovertyAnother nonfiction read I really enjoyed was Creating a World Without Poverty by Muhummad Yunus. Yunus basically invented microcredit with his Grameen Bank in Bangaldesh, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize because it’s made such strides in eliminating poverty. I love microcredit, and I’ve already read Yunus’ memoir of how it came into being, Banker of the Poor. This book outlines one of Yunus’ new ideas: social businesses. It’s really fascinating; the idea of creating businesses whose goal isn’t to make a profit but to improve the world. It’s quite inspiring, and even though I don’t usually care at all about business-y stuff (I’m more of a macro-economics girl), Yunus made me care! The only reason this didn’t get five stars is because there’s a large chunk in the middle that basically summarises Banker to the Poor that made me quite bored. Still, this was a marvelous pick for the World Citizen Challenge, and if you want to believe it is possible to change the world, go ahead and get it!

Then I got another fibro flare-up, and pretty much spent the whole day listening to the audio version of Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely. This was my second time reading the book, and I loved it just as much (this was also my final reread for the Summer Lovin’ Challenge)! I’m planning on doing a post about rereads soon, so I’ll expand on it then. ;)

leavingatlantaOnce I felt better and could read again, I picked up Leaving Atalanta by Tayari Jones. I originally put this in my R.I.P. pool, but I don’t think it really works for that challenge (which doesn’t worry me, since I’ve already technically completed it!). Nevertheless, it’s a marvelous book-I was taken aback at how wonderful a writer Jones is. It’s set in Atlanta in the 70s, when someone was abducint and murdering black children, and is told in three parts, each narrated by a different fifth grader at the same elementary school. Jones perfectly captured what it felt like to be that age, and each of the children had a very distinct voice. The plot isn’t really the point of the book; it’s very much a character study. I loved how Jones brought me into the children’s world; each has a different background and family life, and I feel like my worldview was broadened. But mainly, I just adored living in a child’s world again…elementary school was definitely the highlight of my school years (until maybe college), and it was neat to revisit it through other eyes. Recommended for those who enjoy character- and writing-centric books!

countryofmyskull We’re almost there guys! Just two more to go. ;) It took me forever to read the next book, Country of My Skull by Antjie Krog, which was my ‘body part’ selection for the What’s in a Name? 2 Challenge. Krog is an Afrikaaner journalist who covered the Truth and Reconciliation trials for radio. She’s also a poet. This book is, in my opinion, quite experimental nonfiction, in which she attempts to capture as the subtitle says “guilt, sorrow, and the limits of forgiveness in the new South Africa.” I’m glad I read this book-Krog includes a lot of word-for-word testimony from the trials which helped bring home to me the horrors of apartheid. But at the same time, there were many sections that seemed random and unjustified, the book didn’t provide a lot of context for non-South African readers, and I was often bored. So I wouldn’t recommend this. Also if anyone has any suggestions for South African history, please share them!

shorthistoryofmythAnd finally, I read A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong. When I asked for suggestions for Christian authors, her name came up again and again. Then when I looked her up in my library catalog, I was shocked at all of the books she’s written! I was a bit paralysed with indecision, until I saw the title of this book. I love mythology-I started reading about it in high school and I considered majoring in it in college. I haven’t read as much about it in the past few years as I used to, but it still holds a special place in my heart. And I’m happy to say I’d recommend this book to everyone! It’s a short, concise, but very intelligent examination of how humans have viewed mythology (and God) throughout history. It ends with a plea for the importance of mythology in modern times. While none of the ideas were new to me, Armstrong’s ability to present them simply while not dumbing them down definitely impressed me. I will certainly be reading more of her impressive selection of books in the future!

And there you have it: one of the longer Sunday Salons I’ve done in awhile. :) Thanks so much for reading, and I hope at least one book sounded interesting to you! I’m off to visit my fellow Sunday Saloners!

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  1. September 27, 2009 7:44 am

    I’m glad to hear Agnes Grey lives up to The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I loved Tenant when I read it last year. I’m honestly more of a fan of Charlotte (or I was until I attempted to read Villette, which was awful), and I can’t stand Emily, but Anne seems to be the most stable and consistant of the sisters and I’m really looking forward to reading her other book. We chose it for my RL book club next year.

  2. September 27, 2009 8:09 am

    Yay, I’m excited for Half of the Sky! I’m still waiting from the lib, btw. :(
    And okay, you REALLY made me want to read The Heart of Christianity too. I am a Christian but I consider myself to be progressive too (even though I go to a “regular” Christian church – I don’t agree with ALL their teachings) so I now am really curious about this one.
    And I’d heard about Finding Nouf but it never stuck out to me before; thanks to your review now I really want to read it! Just what I need… more books on the tbr list. ;)
    Happy Sunday!

  3. September 27, 2009 8:36 am

    At least one?? Try six! :P

    Your Sunday Salons are hard on my wish list!

  4. September 27, 2009 8:57 am

    Lots of good looking books there! Not surprisingly if I feel a strong desire to read one of them my library doesn’t have it! Oh, well!

  5. September 27, 2009 9:32 am

    Now, now you are adding more books to my wish list!

    *Sigh*

    TSS: The past week in retrospect and on to the next one…

    TSS: The Locked Room by Paul Auster

  6. September 27, 2009 9:49 am

    I am Jacqueline Woodson’s #1 (she doesn’t know this, but no matter). Glad to hear you enjoyed The House You Pass On the Way. Jones is on my tbr list, I read her blog and follow her on Twitter. What am I waiting on? Toni Cade Bambara wrote a mammoth book on the abductions in Atlanta. The literary reader you are, I think you might enjoy Those Bones Are Not My Child. The story is told from a mother’s point of view.

  7. September 27, 2009 10:22 am

    What wonderful reads Eva. A Time of Angels is going on to my wish list straight away. I have just finished Jane Eyre and am curious now as to your thoughts on it and what it was you didn’t like.. maybe it was the character of Mr Rochester or maybe the tone of the narration at the very end… ?I’m pleased to hear you enjoyed Agnes Grey so much more 0:)

  8. September 27, 2009 10:32 am

    I always find such great nonfiction recommendations on here! THE LONDON SCENE went straight onto my Tiny TBR wishlist.

  9. September 27, 2009 10:44 am

    Whew, that was a whirlwind of a Salon! I’m intrigued by several on your list, but A Time of Angels stands out the most. First, it’s a BEAUTIFUL cover, and the story sounds amazing, too. I’m all about a novella, so I really hope my library has this one.

  10. Ann permalink
    September 27, 2009 10:50 am

    The only one of these I’ve read is the Virginia Woolf, which I agree is simply perfect, but then I’ve always preferred Woolf’s essay writing to her fiction.

  11. September 27, 2009 10:57 am

    Eva –

    I really liked the concept of the book, The Heart of Christianity. I classify myself on the border between agnostic and atheist, but love and appreciate the study of all religions. I’m glad to hear that there is a theologian out there who points out that the relationship with Christ does not mean you have to criticize other religions, or even that they are separate from one and another in the grand scheme of things. I’ve always felt that Jung was onto something. If there was a man I’d love to have dinner with, it’s him!

  12. September 27, 2009 11:19 am

    How do you manage to read so many books so quick. I am so impressed you have read so many in two weeks.

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of The Knife of Never Letting Go.

  13. September 27, 2009 12:15 pm

    As usual, you’ve read wonderful books. I’m adding A Time of Angels and Leaving Atlanta to my list. I started reading Finding Nouf last spring and couldn’t get into it. You have me thinking I didn’t read far enough into it so it goes on to my second chance list. Have a great week.

  14. September 27, 2009 12:37 pm

    O_O <—–That's how I feel every week after I read your posts. I'm just amazed at how much you read!! As for the Newford series, I'm afraid you may have deja vu over and over again :/ I love love love de Lint's books but it sounds like you've described just about every female character in all of his books..either that or they're "punky". I still love them though :)

  15. September 27, 2009 1:02 pm

    I was very interested to see your thoughts on the Borg book. The only one of his books that I’ve read is the one he co-wrote with NT Wright (The Meaning of Jesus, which I reviewed a couple of months ago). It’s a terrific book because it shows how Christians who strongly diagree about some important things can debate those issues with both vigor and respect. Borg is definitely an interesting thinker and able to, I think, get at some of the key issues Christians ought to be thinking about. I won’t say I agree with all of his ideas (I’m progressive but not that progressive), but I do appreciate a lot of what he has to say.

  16. September 27, 2009 1:32 pm

    I hope you are feeling all better now, Eva. Being sick is no fun. I’ve been wanting to try de Lint. I recently bought a copy of Dreams Underfoot and am looking forward to starting on it at some point. Finding Nouf is another one I really want to read. A friend gave me a copy this past spring, but I haven’t been able to get to it yet. I hope you have a great week, Eva!

  17. September 27, 2009 1:59 pm

    Wow, you did a lot of reading! I LOVED Finding Nouf when I read it last year (i think); glad you did too. Have a great week.

  18. September 27, 2009 2:16 pm

    The library would be a great place to get “stuck” during bad weather!

  19. September 27, 2009 2:44 pm

    what an amazing set of books!

    I’m readng the Ask and the Answer right now and loving it. Review should be up tomoz if you want to pop round!

    – Aimee
    http://www.myflutteringheart.blogspot.com

  20. September 27, 2009 4:18 pm

    The London Scene sounds marvelous. I’m not a Virginia Woolf fan, but I can’t resist London.

  21. September 27, 2009 4:58 pm

    I’ve read a fair amount of Karen Armstrong, but somehow I’ve missed the mythology book you mentioned. That one’s going on the wishlist STAT!

  22. September 27, 2009 5:53 pm

    I’ve heard much praise for Finding Nouf, so I’m glad to hear that you liked it, despite the drawbacks! And I’m glad you enjoyed your Spice of life novel — it sounds so delightful, and I don’t know much about South Africa so should remedy.

    I’m one that loves Jane Eyre and not Wuthering Heights so much but I’ve never tried a book by Anne. I’m glad to hear you liked it so much!!

    I like the idea of the microcredit book — but if you were bored in the middle, I probably would be too! I don’t know much about microcredit, but I do recall the name and subject so I’ve heard it around somewhere.

    And the Myth book sounds great too. I love too love myths.

    So you just added five or six books to my list.

  23. September 27, 2009 6:05 pm

    Wow, what a lot of great books!

    I have read a couple of Borg’s books and love his way of thinking. Myself, I am an Episcopalian and self-labelled Progressive Christian and have found many like-minded people within my chosen denomination. The United Church of Christ is another denomination that you may want to look into.

    I had heard (and promptly forgot) about Leaving Atlanta – I’m going to order that one for our library, I think. We are just south of Atlanta and the Wayne Williams case is one that people still talk about down here; the murders left their scars on the city and people. Thanks for the reminder.

  24. September 27, 2009 7:01 pm

    As always, I’m amazed at how much you are able to read!

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of A Suitable Boy as I suuuper loved it! I want to reread it when I get the time.

    I didn’t know you didn’t like Charlotte. I was quite alone in my love for Emily, after I posted about Agnes Grey, but at least you like her more than you do Charlotte ha ha.

    I haven’t read Woolf but we are reading a bunch of her stuff beginning of next year. This would be a wonderful addition, thanks!

    The Borg book sounds interesting. I don’t know if you could call me a progressive Christian. Clearly my beliefs are so radical from traditional and mainstream Christianity now, bu my faith is never stronger.

  25. September 28, 2009 4:48 am

    I’ve only just come across your blog! I am so excited to find such an amazing blog!

    What a great list of books you’ve read. I’m a Christian (and the same age as you so I’m quite questioning too), so I am interested in ‘The Heart of Christianity’ .I have never heard of it, or its author, before, and I don’t think ‘progressive Christianity’ has really developed or been talked about here in the UK so I’m not really sure what sort of beliefs that would entail. However, from what you’ve said, I would probably find a good amount to disagree with Borg on as I am much more fundamental than progressive!

    Have you read any of Tim Keller’s books? He’s an amazing pastor in NYC and his church is filled with young, intelligent, well educated, questioning professionals. He has written a brilliant book called ‘The Reason for God’, which is especially written for a more sceptical, educated audience who tends to think progressively. I think you would really enjoy this. I loved it and it definitely helped me to get to grips with some stuff I wasn’t sure about. I highly recommend it.

    http://www.amazon.com/Reason-God-Belief-Age-Skepticism/dp/0525950494/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254134851&sr=8-1

    And Agnes Grey – well! I wrote my dissertation of Anne Bronte and how she has been massively underappreciated and read compared to her sisters; I think she is arguably the best Bronte and I adore both of her books. I’m glad to find another fan!

  26. September 28, 2009 6:54 am

    Amanda, I didn’t enjoy Agnes Grey as much as Tenant-4 stars vs. 5, but I still enjoyed it!

    Heather, don’t worry about the wait-I’ll tremember the book enough for us to discuss it! :) I wish I had done a full post on The Heart of Christianity-it deserved it. I’ll just have to read another Borg book and do a nice big review.

    Megan, lol-thanks!

    Kailana, your library sounds kind of evil! ;)

    Gautami, Sunday Salons always do that to me!

    Susan, I know-you’re the reason I began reading Woodson. :D Thanks for the book rec-it would be neat to read about the same vent from a different perspective. Oh, and I found the Jones book a fast read, if you need more temptation to pick it up! ;)

    Tracey, thanks! As for Jane Eyre…I didn’t like Jane or Rochester or pretty much anything, lol. I remember wishing she would go to India w/ the missionary because then the book would be more interesting! I haven’t reread it in years now, though, so I’m hazy on the details.

    Memory, thanks! I hope you love The London Scene. :D

    Andi, isn’t the cover marvelous?! I kept staring at it when I got it from the library, lol. I’d love a copy for my personal library one day.

    Ann, this is my first experience with her essays-I love her fiction to death, so I can’t imagine having to choose!

    Christina, I love and appreciate all religions too, which I think is why this book appealed to me so much!

    Vivienne, I actually answer that question on my about page. ;) And I didn’t love The Knife of Never Letting Go, though I didn’t hate it either.

    Gavin, I’m not sure I would have stuck w/ Finding Nouf if it hadn’t been the only book-on-CD I had. I started really enjoying it in the last third, so I’m hoping Ferraris has found her stride as a writer & her follow-up will be better. :)

    Chris, lol! It’s true all of his female characters are the same. ;) But I love Jilly so I don’t care, hehe. I think it just wasn’t a good time for me to read this noe.

    Teresa, like I told Heather, I wish I had done a full post on that one. But I plan to read more of his books, so I’ll do more justice to him later!

    Literary Feline, thank you. :) I enjoyed Dreams Underfoot quite a bit! My fave de Lint, though, is a standalong-The Little Country.

    Diane, thanks! You have a great week too. :D

    BermudaOnion, I agree-I wasn’t too upset! ;)

    Softdrink, have you read that ‘travelogue’ that’s about literary/imaginary London? Of course I can’t remember what it’s called now. But it looked so interesting!

    Florinda, it’s a small book-I think I read it an hour. :)

    Rebecca, I would call Finding Nouf a ‘bookclub read’…it’s not great, but it’s interesting and inspires discussion! A Time of Angels doesn’t focus a lot on South Africa itself, but it’s so marvelous I didn’t care! I already e-mailed you about the microcredit book, but again to clarify I was only bored because it summed up his previous book, Banker to the Poor, which I’d already read. If you haven’t read it, I doubt you’d be bored!

    Lesley, thanks for the advice re: denominations. Right now I’m trying out a Presbyterian church, but I think it’s still going to be a little traditional for my tastes (they pray for the Muslims during Ramadan that they become Christians…I find this awkward in the extreme).

    Claire, I loved it until the last 100 pages! I’m still annoyed at the marriage! lol But it was a marvelous book. :D Yeah-I’m not a Charlotte fan at all! I know you’re collecting up books for a Woolf binge-I think you’ll really enjoy them!

    Rachel, thank you so much for commenting and the kind words! As well as the book rec. :) And yay for more Anne fans! hehe I’m off to visit your blog. :)

  27. September 28, 2009 10:04 am

    Oh Eva, if I didn’t know better I’d think you hated me! You didn’t just make me add numerous books to my wish list, you made me crave them! And of course, since I read at about 1/50 the speed of you, it will take me ages to finish them all even if I can manage to get my hands on them. And of course, before I even manage to get through one of them, you’ll be there adding another fresh batch of winners!

  28. September 28, 2009 12:15 pm

    Finding Nouf is on my reading list. It doesn’t sound like a traditional mystery but what appeals to me is definitely the setting.

    And, Agnes Grey is a wonderful book isn’t it?

  29. September 28, 2009 8:44 pm

    I hope you are feeling better Eva. And the library is a wonderful place to get “stuck” waiting out a storm! Do you know what Woolf essay your book is missing? Is it, “Portrait of a Londoner”? I’ve got this book and would be happy to send you a copy of the missing essay if I’ve got it. I can scan it into a .pdf file and email it to you, or I can send it through traditional mail. Let me know if you’d like me to send a copy!

  30. September 28, 2009 9:34 pm

    Can’t believe that you have read the book by Muhammad Yunus since I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago. And here I am still not reading it. :S

  31. _lethe_ permalink
    October 28, 2009 11:36 am

    A very late comment, but as you asked for books on South African history and no one brought this one up, I will (with the caveat that I have not read it myself, but I have seen favourable reviews):

    The World That Was Ours – Hilda Bernstein (republished by Persephone Books)

  32. January 7, 2010 10:06 pm

    Yay for progressive Christians who don’t necessarily believe that Christianity is the only ‘true’ religion! I hope you’ve had better luck in locating some progressive churches in your neck of the woods.

  33. January 21, 2013 3:42 pm

    Totally agree with you about Finding Nouf. Not a great read but the setting and the insights into the culture make it very worthwhile.

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