During this time of doubtfulness and confinement it’s hard to settle down to reading. I’ve found myself gravitating to books that pull me in and carry me along with a story, letting me live in another world for a time. Along with some dependable rereads these included a couple of outstanding new-to-me titles (most notably An Anthropologist on Mars and The Scapegoat, both of which were fantastic).
As I looked for a book to count for my Around the World project this month, I decided on The Gustav Sonata. I’ve no idea what connection British author Rose Tremain may have with Switzerland, or why she chose it as a setting for her novel, but from my foreigner’s point of view I think she did a good job at capturing some of the character of the Swiss, their strength and their vulnerability, and the conflicting realities behind the surface image that they like to present. Have you read it, or would you like to?
What else have you been reading this month?
- For Back to the Classics, I reviewed The World I Live In by Helen Keller, a fascinating picture of some of our more overlooked senses.
Other Books Read
- Rudolf Steiner by Gary Lachman
- The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer – Reread
- An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks
- Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic by Michael McCreary
- The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit – Reread
- The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer – Reread
- The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren – Reread
- The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain – Around the World
- The Scapegoat by Daphne DuMaurier
Other Features and Events
- As the world went into lockdown, I posted a list of fourteen books about freedom.
- I asked Do you like books about fighting?