Wednesday, 16 January 2019

BOOKS 2019

DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
TZILI by Aharon Appelfeld
A WEEKEND IN NEW YORK by Benjamin Markovits
A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD by Mario Vargas Llosa
TO THROW AWAY UNOPENED by Viv Albertine (unfinished)
THE VANISHING MAN by Laura Cumming
MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb
THE ANIMAL'S COMPANION by Jacky Collis Harvey
CHARLIE SAVAGE by Roddy Doyle
THE SPY AND THE TRAITOR by Ben Macintyre
WILL SOMEONE LEAD ME TO A PUB by Thomas Burke
THE LIFE OF THE LATE LORD OF BARRYMORE by Anthony Pasquin
WHITE HOT SILENCE by Henry Porter
BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley
MANSFIELD PARK by Jane Austen
THE WANTED by Robert Crais
LIFE FOR SALE by Yukio Mishima
CHERRY INGRAM by Naoko Abe
PARIS ECHO by Sebastian Faulks

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Heidelberg pics

Flying visit to Heidelberg in depths of winter.  Zoo and cinnamon snails.  And Gawain and the Green Knight (Cal) and David Copperfield (self).  Thomas, Nora, Johanna best hosts evs.












Monday, 7 January 2019

David Copperfield's Women

Can there be another book so highly populated with female characters?  It is a book, featuring Mr Micawber and Uriah Heep, no less, dominated by women.  I had never really noticed this before.  I read it first when i was 16, when I suppose I must have identified strongly with DC.  A second reading, I think in my thirties or forties, I simply luxuriated in.  Now these women strike me powerfully, as though Dickens is giving something away about himself.  And just as women are - despite all those godawful homogenising identity politics fascists we're hectored at by - just as people are - they are all quite tremendously different and themselves.

Clara Copperfield
Peggotty
Miss Murdstone
Betsey Trotwood
Mrs Gummidge
Little Em'ly
Martha
Mrs Gummidge
Agnes
Dora
Miss Mowcher
Mrs Steerforth
Rosa Dartle
Mrs Crupp
Mrs Micawber
and more, I'm sure, whose names for the moment escape me.