Sunday, April 19, 2009

just finished reading

The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters. My review here. Any other Sarah Waters fans out there?

7 comments:

joshua said...

to be totally honest, sarah waters revolves in an orbit a little outside my typical reading-sphere... though i wholeheartedly recognize her acclaim and crafts-person-ship(?)

- josh

BuffySquirrel said...

me!me!me!

I loved Affinity. I snuggled up with that book and read it until four in the morning or thereabouts. It reached me in a way few books do.

moonrat said...

you know, i HATER Affinity while i was reading it (because margaret is so damned unlikable). it took the cumulative effect for me to be, like, "woah!" (as they say). she certainly knows how to mess with your mind.

Anonymous said...

I like the tv movies that are made of her work. The work itself is thick, in that English way. I find the way English novel dialogue is formatted to be offputting. The writing flows differently (to my eye) than American. It seems stodgy. But the Brits do do plot very well. Must be all that genetic Shakespeare.

Another Brit writer, Louise Welsh ("The Cutting Room") is one I can read. Likewise, Colm Toibin's "The Master" is excellent ...

Suggestion wise, too: kcrw.com (an L.A based public radio station) produces the excellent BookWorm, moderated by local critic, MIchael Silverblatt. I've been downloading archived interviews (everyone from Abdullah Taia to Andrew Holleran to Mary Gaitskill - whose recent interview in BombMagazine is excellent) and listening to them late at night.

BuffySquirrel said...

Heh, I found I understood Margaret, so I didn't really dislike her; I knew how she got to be who she was.

But...yeah. Mind duly messed with!

(can't say I've noticed any particular difference between US and UK books in the way they're set out, though)

JenniferWriter said...

Just saw this reviewed in PW and put it on my reading list! Thanks for the review. I've never read Sarah Waters before but I love gothic lit and can't wait to check this out.

ThePurpleOwl said...

I love her, and have all her books and a couple of the BBC adaptation DVDs. I don't know when we'll get the latest one here in Aus, but I'm hanging out for it ... and I'm going to avoid reading reviews of it til I read it myself. No offence to you, Moonrat ... I promise to come back and compare notes later. :-)