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What I Read (Part II)

Posted on December 29th, 2012

Right before the end of 2012, and as a result of slightly more time on my hands, here are the scintillating reads that have graced my bookshelf over recent months:

1. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Oh my. I barely stopped crying from start to finish, so moving is this story of a man who sets out to save a woman with cancer. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and it is easy to see why.

2.  The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is essential reading for US schoolchildren and his elaborate gothic style is much-imitated. Diplomatically speaking, I found some of these stories are better than others.

3. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. Awesome. Utterly awesome. This is epic and beautiful and contrary and demanding and surprising. I absolutely loved it.

4.  Brighton Rock by Graham Greene. My first foray into Graham Greene’s work and I was captivated by his writing. So menacing, so bare. The story of a gang murder in the 1930s, Pinkie is a subtle and terrifying villain.

5. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway at his best in bohemian, impoverished yet unspeakably glamorous 1920s Paris. A rapturous joy to read.

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Though prone to hyperbolic acclaim, I think this is my book of 2012. It is rich and sensuous, full of gossamer intricacy. The love story of Celia and Marco is just riveting, played out within the enchantment of the Cirque des Reves. I adore grown-up magic.