Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Read Any Good Books Lately?

I hope all of my American readers had a good Labor Day weekend. I took a few days off, hung out with family and friends, and had a marvelous time.



I also had the pleasure of reading a fantastic book, Alice I Have Been, by Melanie Benjamin, a historical fiction piece based on the life of Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It is the compelling story of Liddell and Wonderland creator, Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), their relationship, a misunderstanding and its ramification upon both of their lives. Beautifully written, I could not put this down.



Another wonderful novel I read recently was Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith, which has no correlation to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland whatsoever, except the obvious pun in the title. When Alison Temple’s husband leaves her for another woman, Alison impulsively gets a job with the private investigation firm she had hired to track her husband. This leads her on an adventure of her own with a delightful cast of characters. Helen Smith draws readers into Alison’s world and takes them on a wild and wacky ride. It is a witty and hilarious read. I loved it.

How about you? What novels have you read recently and what did you think?











10 comments:

Jayne said...

Reading Donald Barthelme's Forty Stories. Not a novel, rather a book of forty funny and clever stories. Entertaining stories by a master of the short.

The Alice books sound interesting. Thanks for the introduction. :)

Brenda said...

I read Alice, I have been. Loved it as well. I am reading Juliet, by A. Fortier, so for I am enjoying it. I don't generally enjoy historical fiction, but once and a while I am wowed.

Kelly Hashway said...

I'm reading Beautiful Creatures and Pride. Both are great.

angel011 said...

I'm currently reading Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf - need I say more about that one? :)

Other books I've recently read:

Stille dager i Mixing Part by Erlend Loe (I've read it in Serbian, I don't know if it's been translated to English), it's a fun, but also a serious read about problems in communication almost ruining a family.

The Master of the Day of Judgment by Leo Perutz,a murder mystery turning fantastic and then turning to have another twist -- ll of it told in a masterful way, I wish I could write like that.

Concrete by Thomas Bernhard, a stream-of-consciousness story of procrastination, failure and despair.

Lust by Elfriede Jelinek, the language of porn, the story of modern slavery. Brilliant, the language makes it easier (or at all possible) to read the horrible, hopeless story.

Nicht der Mörder, der Ermordete ist schuldig by Franz Werfel (again, a Serbian translation, not sure if there's an English one). It's one of the books burnt in Nazi Germany; I suppose they burnt this one because the Jews were not shown as the bad guys (not to mention that the author himself was a son of a Jew).

Those would be the best ones I've read in the last 20 days. :)

inluvwithwords said...

Hi Karen. I'm over here from Kelly Hashway's blog (as a fellow Liebster recipient) to become a new follower.
I just finished reading The Last Letter from your Lover by JoJo Moyes. Loved it. Then read the YA book Sean Griswald's Head by Lindsey Leavitt. Laughed out loud! Now I'm re-reading Lisa Schroeder's I Heart You, You Haunt Me. Gotta love those novels in verse!

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

Jayne: Barthelme sounds good.

Brenda: I agree. I really enjoy a great piece of historical fiction.

Kelly: Going with the Southern Gothic, huh? Very nice.

angel011: Quite an interesting list. No comedies for you? :) Very impressive.

Mrs. Dalloway--brilliant. I have not read it for awhile and think about revisiting it often.

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

Hi, inluvwithwords. Thanks for stopping by. Those sound like interesting novels.

Claudine Gueh said...

Both 'Alice' books sound wonderful. I'm intrigued by the plot of the first and the cover (teehee, I like nice covers on books) of the second. I'm reading Ray Bradbury's 'The Illustrated Man.' Have been very busy so I'm reading quite slowly. My next to-read is Joyce Carol Oates's 'Blonde.'

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

Thanks for your comments, Claudine. Love Joyce Carol Oates. She is a fierce writer.

Liz said...

i am i the middle of 'austerlitz' by w.b. sebald....it's not easy to enter but once it takes hold you it is clear you are reading an important book.

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