Sunday, February 01, 2015

January 2015 Reads (week five)

This was another great reading week. Everything I read this week was from the library trip of January 24 when I checked out 8 books and a DVD. Last week I read one of the books (see post of Jan. 26). This week I watched the DVD, read 6 of the books, and started the last one of the batch (Years of Red Dust).

Today everything except the one in progress is going back to the library--but I'm not! Someone else (daughter) is returning the books and I have none on the holds shelf so I will spend the next week with my backlog. Then again, when she is browsing the shelves she often whips out her phone and calls to ask if I like her to bring home a certain interesting book she thinks I might like. There may be surprises.

The mail/UPS also brings surprises--4 ARC's were added to TBR this week and I didn't read anything from the TBR, tho' I did start a couple. No schedule set for February.

First off the two I read for challenges:

Relish : My Life in the Kitchen  by Lucy Knisley.
Library book, read for Foodies Read 2015 challenge
Loved this! Brief review.

The Normandy diary of Marie-Louise Osmont. 1940-1944 by Marie-Louise Osmont ; introduction by John Keegan ; translated by George L. Newman.
Library book, read for French Bingo Challenge.  My review.

Other reads:

Enon  by Paul Harding.
Library book.
This is not exactly a sequel to Harding's Tinkers. It is the story of  Charles Crosby, the grandson of George Washington Crosby of  Tinkers. There are some references to characters featured in the earlier book, but Enon stands alone. The book opens with the death of Charles' young teenaged daughter. Charles goes into deep mourning which destroys his marriage, leads him to drug and alcohol dependence, and bizarre behavior. Not a happy story, but one that is well told.

A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan
Library book. 
If you have recently purchased a home, you might want to think about having all the locks changed--especially if the agent handling the sale was William Heming. You see, Heming keeps copies of the keys to every house he ever sold...consider yourself warned. Heming narrates his own story and he's led an interesting life of being interested in other peoples lives. We wonder: will it all catch up with him?  Real estate noir. Read it.

The 100-year-old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson ; translated from the Swedish by Rod Bradbury.
Library book. This has two alternating story lines--what happens after he climbs out the window in his 100th birthday and the back story of his life before he entered a rest home. A fun romp with a bunch of strange characters that satirizes crime fiction (particularly police procedurals), Cold War politics and fiction, journalists, and lots of (perhaps too many) other things. I liked this but not as much as I liked his The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden.

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami ; translated by Ted Goossen. I guess I'm just not a Murakami fan. A so-so story in a fancy package. (The red flap opens upward to revel a full flap which opens downward. Rather gimmicky.)

In addition to my reading I viewed

Poulet aux Prunes (Motion picture) produced by Hengameh Panahi ; written and directed by Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud. Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2013.
DVD Borrowed from Library.
  This is the movie based on Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi which I read a couple of weeks ago (see January 2015 Reads (week two) 
It is a thoroughly satisfying film adaption. The film is true to the original graphic memoir and, unusual for me, I liked the movie better than the book. My only quibble is that they the changed the musical instrument that was an essential element from an Iranian tar to a violin.

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