22 December 2013
One Sentence Reviews
Here are eight books I have read recently that I have yet to comment on I have placed them in rough order of how much I liked them. Best to worst.
Knulp by Hermann Hesse
Another sad, beautiful Hesse musing on life and death.
Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
A brilliant non-fiction tale of a copper heiress who chose to spend the last 20 years of her life in a hospital despite owning four mansions.
Gerald and Elizabeth by DE Stevenson
Two parts Stevensonian romance, one part Nevil Shutian nose to the grindstone success story, one part Wilkie Collinsonian clear my name with the help of letters and anecdotes.
A Touch of Mistletoe by Barbara Comyns
Kept waiting for Vicky to stop being so damn poor in this enjoyable autobiographical novella.
Minnie's Room by Mollie Panter-Downes
Definitely worth a read, but not as good has her wartime stories in Goodnight, Mrs. Craven.
Nest of Vipers by Tod Claymore
Old fashioned, green covered Penguin mystery with all the plot and logic leaps characteristics of the genre.
Smut by Alan Bennett
I don't need to read about perverted grannies.
Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn
Better than Emma Tennant's lame attempt to fictionalize QEII making an escape, but miles away from the brilliance of Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader.