Friday, March 6, 2009

And the selection is...

The meeting last night of the Fearless Readers was a lot of fun - most of us even managed to finish In the Beauty of the Lilies. No one liked it much more than I did, but we disagreed enough on the relative strengths and weaknesses to have a spirited conversation.

As per tradition, we left the meeting with a new assignment in hand. This month, we'll be reading Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, which is considered by many to be the masterpiece of this prolific satirist. Since it's also beloved by my father-in-law, I'm looking forward to the rereading this one. The meeting will be the first Sunday in April, at location TBD in Brooklyn. Let me know if you'll be joining; I hope to see comments here at the very least!

A quick housekeeping note. As you have probably noticed, I link out from this blog to tons of sites that I think are of interest. When I review books or music, I link to Amazon, to make it easy for you to pick them up, if you so desire. As of yesterday, I'll be getting a very small "referral fee" from purchases made on clicks out from this blog. It won't cost you any differently, but it could be a tiny little benefit to me. So... if you do get the urge to visit our beloved behemoth of an e-tailer, I'd appreciate it if you can do it via Aspirin and Boku-maru!


lynne said...

I had to find somewhere to say how much I am loving Brideshead Revisited. Do I ever get why they called it his masterpiece: because as high as the heavens are above the earth is how high BR is above his other book, Vile Bodies.

Which is somewhat like how Waugh would have put it.

Because his prose in this book is stunning.

It's like watching a statue cry in the rain. It's a beautiful capture, under glass, of a time that is no more but feelings that are eternally human.

I hope everyone likes it as much as me. L.

Angie said...

Wow, Lynne - if that doesn't make people want to join in and read, I don't know what would!!!

Thanks so much for the comment!!