Archive for October, 2006

Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

I don’t remember, if the first Mrs Rochester of “Jane Eyre” was the original “Madwoman in the Attic”, but Bertha Rochester sure was one. Here’s her story, the story of Antoinette Cosway, whom her new husband starts calling Bertha, and also a story of West India, of the freed slaves, of the hot and of the European experience there. Especially woman’s experience. At parts the story didn’t hold well together, but parts are breathtakingly well written, thought provoking, unforgettable.

Robert Charles Wilson: Spin

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

A long, heavy Hugo winner with big heavy subjects about the humans, the universe — and everything. Very well written, with some good, intriguing characters. Only by the end Wilson somehow feels to be losing some of his touch, but on the whole. it must be one of the most exiting, best written Hugo novels I’ve ever read — its effectiveness will follow me for a long time. (Not to mention I felt relief yesterday, when I saw our home sun was its normal self, so well had been its future described.)

Lionel Shriver: We Need to Talk about Kevin

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

Some people just aren’t meant to be parents. And some books are not meant to be reread — for a long time at least. A very painful narrative of a family experiment — what else can I call it — gone badly wrong, and Kevin, who grew up to do horrible things. and unforgettable character, in the end a bit too much larger than life. A person filled with so much hate, could he be able to plan and carry out such an elaborate thing he does; he’s supposed to be a teenager still, after all. A nightmarish work, got badly under my skin, but a very good read, too.