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text 2018-11-17 16:09
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 278 pages.
A Game for the Living: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics) - Patricia Highsmith

There was an awkward silence, in which Theodore could think of nothing to say. The two men began to talk to each other again. Theodore was reminded of other moments at parties and dinners when something he said – granted, not of much importance – had been completely ignored as if it had been either inaudible or an unspeakable obscenity. He wondered if it happened to other people as often as it happened to him.

More insignificant-looking men than he were listened to, no matter how stupid their remarks were, he thought. Now the two men were talking about somebody Theodore did not know, and it occurred to Theodore too late that Ortiz y Guzman B. might have been interested to know that he had been asked to show four paintings in a group show in May at one of the I.N.B.A. galleries. After a moment, Theodore drifted away and stood by a wall. Perhaps being ignored did not happen more often to him than anybody else.

Social gathering awkwardness. I hear you, Theo. 

 

Just starting our new Highsmith buddy read with Isanythingopen and Lillelara, which I am really looking forward to. It's always fun to explore the ... erm ... messed-up-ness of Highsmith's characters and plots with others. 

Not that I already know that the characters in A Game for the Living is going to be messed up, I really don't know anything about the book (and haven't even read the blurb). I'm merely prepared for messed up characters as this is Highsmith's trademark. We'll see how this one goes. 

 

Btw, apparently this story is set in Mexico City, so it would qualify for the Dia de los Muertos book task. 

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text 2017-12-10 16:51
Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 305 pages.
This Sweet Sickness: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics) - Patricia Highsmith

David is one of the good guys from next door, a genuinly nice and normal human being. Except that he has bought a house under a false name for him and Annabelle, who in his mind is to become his wife rather sooner than later. Problem: Annabelle is married to another man and she isn´t answering his letters. A minor nuisance which might resolve itself some way or another.

 

Well, it is a Patricia Highsmith novel, so I except "the one way or another" will turn out to be psychologically interesting. It´s just an inkling, though.

 

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review 2017-04-05 18:37
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day - Winifred Watson

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is the perfect book when you are feeling down and you just need something light, fun and charming to read. Even though this book hasn´t the most intricate plot, it kept me entertained for at least a few hours.

I have to admit, I could have done without the few racist comments and the message that a woman needs a man in her life to survive in the world. But since this book is written in the late 1930s and the book has a dated feel about it, I haven´t been too annoyed by it.

 

 

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text 2017-04-03 18:50
Reading progress update: I've read 66 out of 234 pages.
Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day - Winifred Watson

Life hasn´t been too good in the last couple of weeks, so I´m in desperate need of a light and fun read.

 

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day definitely fits this bill. Miss Pettigrew is simply endearing and Dylesia Lafosse´s naivety is charming. And I cannot wait to meet Michael. Miss Pettigrews first judgement of his character is a devastating one and she doesn´t even know him yet.

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review 2017-03-08 14:45
Chocky
Chocky - John Wyndham

Chocky tells the story of 12 year old boy, who all of a sudden has an imagenary friend. His parents have to deal with these changed circumstances and they have to ask themselves, if their son is turning mad or if he is possessed by some foreign entity.

 

My second Wyndham and as much as I loved The Day of the Triffids, I didn´t like Chocky. I couldn´t stand these horrible do-gooder parents (the mother is a stereotypical 1960s housewife and the father a condescending jerk) and I was totally unimpressed by the ending. 150 pages of boredom and a plot like molasses. A huge disappointment.

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