Bite sized reading

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last posted Sept. 17, 2017, 7:33 p.m.

37 earlier thoughts

  • Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch. Second in a series, still enjoying them.
  • Night Song of the Last Tram by Robert Douglas. Memoirs set in Glasgow. I read this because I was on holiday in Glasgow and wanting to read something local. It did that thing of reporting verbatim conversations that the author wasn’t actually there for, which I find a bit annoying, but overall I enjoyed it, and when I go back to Glasgow next year I'll try one of the author’s novels.
  • Lanark by Alasdair Gray. Another Glasgow-based novel, but this one very different! It’s a sort of combination of coming-of-age story and surrealism. It’s also huge, and took me several days to finish, so I actually finished it back in London. I’m glad I read it, but I probably wouldn’t read it again. The structure is interesting, but the central character is not.
  • Efuru by Flora Nwapa. A classic of Nigerian literature that I hadn’t got around to before. I really enjoyed this and will read it again, even though the formatting in the ebook edition isn’t great — the words are run together in many places, and the linebreaks and quotation marks in the dialogue aren’t always accurate — so in places it’s hard to understand who’s speaking. I’ll probably pick up a paper copy some time.

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