Sometimes a very, very short book is just the ticket – reading slump, testing a new genre, choosing something for your book group (because you know they don’t have the stamina for anything over 200 pages), a long train ride…
The story is set in Saigon in the 1930s, and describes the tumultuous affair between a relatively poor adolescent French girl and her wealthy, older Chinese lover. Interspersed between details of their clandestine meetings are descriptions of the unnamed narrator’s mother – headmistress of a girls’ high school and prone to bouts of depression, and her wayward brothers. Continue reading
01. Saw James Reyne last week at a very dicey venue. Not ashamed to say that we had the BEST night. Continue reading
Two consecutive days in Melbourne, two lovely novellas read. Continue reading
Truly, there were probably a dozen things about Graham Swift’s Mothering Sunday that could have annoyed me –
But all is forgiven Mr Swift because, when you revealed your twist – a small but perfect tragedy – I gasped.