What are you reading this winter?On my vacation reading list
Posted 25 February 2004 - 10:37 AM
Posted 25 February 2004 - 11:21 AM
I also recently read a very interesting article in the March issue of The Atlantic, "How Serfdom Saved the Women's Movement -- Dispatches from the Nanny Wars."
Thinking of this article, I was highly entertained by a quote from Vera Brittain's book, especially as she considered herself a feminist. She has just arrived home from London late at night, and is highly miffed because:
Though the three maids had been unoccupied all evening, not one of them offered to help me unpack or to get me a cup of tea.
Posted 25 February 2004 - 11:29 AM
Posted 26 February 2004 - 04:43 PM
Treefrog and BW, I suspect that Unless is a book that will grab you emotionally when your children are leaving home. We are reading it for our staff book club this month at school. So far, those of us whose children are moving on in life - making their own choices away from home - have deeply responded to this novel whereas those of us with younger children have not. One woman, a little older than the rest of us, has said that she felt even more deeply affected by it than she'd expected.
Most of our book club group are in my shoes - with kids who are in transition in their lives - and we are, all of us, anxious and hopeful and sometimes saddened - by their choices. We've all agreed that this book is far deeper than it appears.
But I don't know if it would've touched me so deeply two years ago, or even one year ago, for that matter because my family's lives weren't in so much transition at the time, although I knew it was coming. I do wish I could've had a conversation with Ms. Shields about it. She was ill, and probably knew she wouldn't live long, at the time of its writing. That makes her topic even more poignant.
Posted 26 February 2004 - 05:56 PM
Posted 27 February 2004 - 09:08 AM
Posted 27 February 2004 - 11:31 AM
I can completely understand what you're saying vagansmom about the difference one's point of view makes in reading this particular book - Unless. I guess it's really always that way, but for those of us with children who are getting ready to spread their wings and move on, I can see how it would be more poignant. Yet, in the case of this story, so far anyway, I see it as more of a story of loss - loss of control. loss of love, loss of understanding...all of which can resonate even with those of us who still have our offspring at home.
And, Treefrog, I agree I'm liking it better evening by evening.
Posted 12 March 2004 - 12:10 PM
I am two thirds of the way through Women of the Silk. I have mixed feelings about this book. Basically I think that the author shows promise as a writer but isn't quite there. I almost feel as though she needed to make the book at least twice as long as it is. Too much is glossed over ala TV docudrama style. Much is mentioned of the special relationship between two of the main characters in the first third of the book but little of it is depicted.
It's a shame, I think, because the author, Gail Tsukiyama, writes in a very pleasing style and the subject, the women who lived and worked together at the silk trade in the early 1900's in China, is such an intriguing one. I'm very frustrated, though, by what's left unwritten. It isn't a matter of being deliberately teased; it's almost as if the author were given a word limit and didn't do a good job editing to make the story tighter.
Next week I begin Carol Shields' The Republic of Love and also Swann. I hope I love them as much as her other books.
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