I have just finished this novel by Beryl Bainbridge, the first of hers that I have read.
It is not a long read, I only started it yesterday. It was amongst a pile of paperbacks we bought months ago for 50p each from a charity shop, meaning to take them on holiday with us.
I don't know if any of you have read this but, although I started off quite enjoying it, I found it quite disturbing and depressing the more the story progressed.
Not sure if I shall read any more of hers if this is typical of her work, unless you can suggest something of hers that is not quite so dark?
Now that you are a wise and mature woman why not try reading a classic nineteenth century novel? For example, have you ever read "Jane Eyre"? The language is quite accessible and the plot is intriguing.ReplyDelete
Jane Eyre was my favourite novel as a young girl. I read and re-read it several times. Oh, the romance, the heartache. Just what every young teen needs.Delete
Okay, good. How about a George Eliot novel? Also very accessible for modern readers.Delete
Thanks YP. I have only read The Mill On The Floss but will try to get hold of more of hers to try.Delete
My favourite Classic book is Jude The Obsure by Thomas Hardy. Have you read it JayCee?ReplyDelete
Oh no. Although Thomas Hardy was a favourite of mine, I never got around to reading that one. I must get hold of a copy now that you have mentioned it. Thanks!Delete
I love "Jude the Obscure". I should read it again some time. I thought that Northsider only read gardening books. Mind you, Hardy often refers to gardens.Delete
I visited some of Hardy's houses and locations for his books in 2018 Mr Pudding. I love Dorset or fictional Wessex.Delete
She's not an author I know. Have a look on Goodreads (free) to see what else she has written and what the reviews are like. Some enjoyed this one - others did not!ReplyDelete
Like you I pick up weird and wonderful reads from op shops - sometimes you strike lucky, sounds like this one will be going back to the charity shop when it reopens:)
I think she is probably better known in the UK. As I had picked it up for a bargain price it seemed worth trying, but perhaps I need something more cheerful at the moment!Delete
She has never really been my cup of tea. A book I can thoroughly recommend is Aminatta Forna's 'Happiness' - I spent many years at College and then University studying English and the classic novels - now I prefer ones that have been written in the last thirty years or so.ReplyDelete
Thank you. Another one to add to my list.Delete
I've hear of Bainbridge but don't think I have ever read her books. I read travel books and english mysteries now, and biographies of travel. Youd have thought Id have had enough of other countries by nowReplyDelete
It's always fascinating to read about other countries and their people.Delete
Beryl Bainbridge's novels are often quite dark and even sinister! I highly recommend anything by Kate Atkinson, Anne Tyler and Margaret Atwood to name just a few...ReplyDelete
Thanks Vronni. Will take a look xDelete