Love notes to the English language
Oh this is lovely. Thank you. Cat
Lovely. :)Such a kind hearted boy.
Thank you so much for this. Sometimes we all need to be reminded....
jaykaym: i looked at your blog and saw you like (sort of) henning mankel's series. Have you read Linda Olsson's ASTRID & VERONIKA? not a mystery, but a good novel set in Sweden. I loved it.
Yes, I have read it and also loved it. I like the Nordic writers and feel that they give much better descriptions of the setting and how it relates to the characters than do most American novelists. Maybe since the Nordic setting are so stark that it has more impact. Most American novels could be set in "anywere, usa" and the roll of setting and its influence on the characters is lost. Any other recommendations for good reads for me?
Jaykaym: My all-time Nordic favorite is Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. I used to read it every year, beginning on my birthday. But it's set in medieval times, I think. Maybe not your cup of tea.Moving a bit south, my latest favorites are all of Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti series, set in Venice. Just crazy about them. In between Italy and Norway, there's Emma Donoghue's wonderful novels. So far, I've read ROOM, LIFE MASK, her first two novels STIR-FRY and HOOD, her short story collection KISSING THE WITCH, and my favorite LANDING. Donoghue is an out lesbian, and LANDING is possibly the best lesbian novel I've ever read. It's also one of the best Irish novels I've ever read. I also love Canadian Robertson Davies's books. If you haven't ever read any, start with THE DEPTFORD TRILOGY--three novels, actually. Cheers....