As the Japanese would say, 久しぶり (hisashiburi) – it’s been a long time.
This little website was attacked by malware (whatever that is) which meant it was suddenly not on the internet (somehow), no matter how hard I looked. But it’s fixed now (miraculously) (and not by me).
As a minor celebration, I wanted to share (briefly) what I’m reading now, what I’ve just finished, and what’s next.
I’m currently reading…
The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker
I haven’t seen the Australian media/book sellers promote this book yet, but its time must be coming as it deserves the highest accolades. This is the story of The Iliad, but from the perspective of women slaves – the weavers, the nurses, the laundresses – in the Greek soldiers’ camp. If Greek mythology isn’t your thing, don’t worry, it’s not mine either. Barker has written a completely accessible, really engaging account of a brutal war from a unique viewpoint, and in doing so has created something close to perfection.
I’ve just finished…
The True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey
I’m a bit late to this party, given Peter Carey won the Booker Prize for this in 2001, but it was worth the wait. This is the story of Ned Kelly, the legendary Australian bushranger, told by Ned himself. It’s a series of fictionalised letters Ned wrote to his newly born daughter and I can’t stop marvelling at Carey’s genius in constructing the narrative this way. I listened to it as a Bolinda audiobook, which I can’t recommend highly enough; it’s like the notorious crook is whispering in your ear.
Next I’ll read…
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Olga Tokarczuk
I picked this up this morning from the library, and I can’t stop looking at the cover. Although it was written in 2009, it’s only recently been translated into English. The blurb sounds delightfully confusing; I have no idea what to expect of this, other than I’m pretty sure it’s going to be memorable.