I can’t believe September has come and gone already. I have noticed that cool breezes and beautiful autumn leaves make for good reading weather.
My August Reading List was an enjoyable time spent in the literary world. September found me quite distracted and only left time for three new titles.
goodreads description: Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors.
Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the so-called ‘compass’ of the title. All around her children are disappearing.
I remember this book causing quite a stir when it came out, or when it was introduced to my circle of friends. The themes tend to draw out extreme opinions from those that have read it, and those that have merely read reviews.
I found Lyra to be a strong lead character, refreshing amidst a host of two-dimensional, flat female leads such as Katniss Everdeen. Don’t get me started on my dislike of Hunger Games. It was delightful to have an intelligent, deep, strong, and interesting female character that made actual choices and had actual opinions. Thank you for that Mr. Pullman.
Many people protested how Pullman painted the Church in a less than favorable light. I personally didn’t find the Church was overly villainized, and was struck by more by the obvious devision between children and adults. Yes, there were some adults that simply were using the power and constructs of the church to further their own selfish goals, but I would say that is more normal than not. Also, Lyra’s world, although similar to ours, is fictional. If people are going to get upset and confused by the similarities between the church we know and the one in the book, that is their choice I suppose.
“The idea hovered and shimmered delicately, like a soap bubble, and she dared not even look at it directly in case it burst. But she was familiar with the way of ideas, and she let it shimmer, looking away, thinking about something else.”
goodreads description: Set in India’s Old Delhi, CLEAR LIGHT OF DAY is Anita Desai’s tender, warm, and compassionate novel about family scars, the ability to forgive and forget, and the trials and tribulations of familial love. At the novel’s heart are the moving relationships between the members of the Das family, who have grown apart from each other.
My only description for this book would be dismal and crumbling. It takes place in a crumbling city, within a crumbling family, and I found very little to redeem it. Perhaps the author was trying to be depressing, which I can appreciate, but the story failed to engage me in any way.
goodreads description: In Lolly Willowes, an aging spinster rebels against her role as the universal aunt, at everybody’s beck and call. How she escapes all that “—to have a life of one’s own, not an existence doled out to you by others”, is the theme of this story.
This was a delightful read, pleasant, whimsical, and reminiscent of some of my old favorites. I spent a brief period of time as “auntie Lolly”, thus dubbed by my adorable nephew, therefore Laura and I have a bond.
The storyline is much more subtle, and well, English than I was expecting. Nonetheless I found myself chuckling on numerous occasions, especially when Laura is convinced that her kitten is a messenger from the devil. A great read!
“Laura was not in any way religious. She was not even religious enough to speculate towards irreligion.”
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