07 April 2014

I finished The Search For Lost Time. It was a great read (I could add a score of adjectives, most of them positive). I'm not sure exactly how long it took but in a rare outing to Google+ last year I posted this. I read the second and third volumes at more or less the same pace as the first. So if my maths is correct I ought to have started sometime around.... December 2012?

This is a good short appetite-whetter if you're thinking of diving in: Can Proust Really Change Your Life? Possibly not, but it will surely enhance it.

I've resolved to read some short novels next, and to that end asked for recommendations on those micro-blogging sites. Here's a list of what the kind people said:


Nicola Barker, Five Miles From Outer Hope
Natalia Ginzburg, novellas
Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach
Arthur Miller, Focus
Martin Amis, Time's Arrow
Dickens, The Wreck Of The Golden Mary
Patricia Highsmith, Ripley novels, This Sweet Sickness
Katharine Mansfield, The Garden Party
Carson McCullers, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
Francoise Sagan, Bonjour Tristesse
Philip Roth, Everyman
Stephen King, The Fog
Tolstoy, Death of Ivan Ilyich, Kreutzer Sonata
Saul Bellow, The Actual
George and Weedon Grossmith, Diary of a Nobody
Donal Ryan, The Spinning Heart
Arthur Schnitzler, Dream Story
Camus, La Chute
Antonio Tabucchi, Indian Nocturne
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
Tim Krabbe, The Rider
Voltaire, Candide
Bruce Chatwin, Utz
Christopher Isherwood, Mr Norris Changes Trains
Graham Greene, The Quiet American
Don DeLillo, End Zone
Maupassant, Pierre et Jean.

I am however going to read this first:



Though not, unfortunately, a copy with this magnificent cover.

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