Good Reading : April 2016
GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING APRIL 2016 16 Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck This book was my first Steinbeck. The characters in it are deeply, darkly comic, and the prose is just fabulous. I can see the Arthurian theme, although ittookmea while. Danny’s house is, I guess, ‘the Round Table’ – and other parts of the book, including the various quests, are along the same lines. I overlooked the furore about racism, enjoyed the irony and the spiritual nature of the men, plus the honour among thieves. But above all I loved the glorious and unexpected humour, and the vivid pictures that the writing conjured up for me. It’s a wonderful read; I want to share this discovery with everyone! Suggested by Malvina Yock The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas If you have ever felt the tug of jealousy, the pangs of injustice, the thirst for revenge or the relief of forgiveness, you will find it reflected, magnified and also utterly dwarfed by the enormity of this story. Aside from wallowing in a roiling sea of emotions, you’ll find yourself transported to 19th-century Europe and completely engrossed in the glamour, the brutality and the decorous codes of behaviour of another culture and a very different era. Suggested by Alison Parker Regeneration by Pat Barker In this story of the psychological effects of World War I and the treatments that young soldiers endure, Pat Barker skilfully combines real life and fictional characters. It’s incredibly moving. Suggested by Jacky Burkett The Help by Kathryn Stockett A strong and sweet story about African American domestic workers in Mississippi in the 1960s. It’s full of great characters, historical themes and humour. Suggested by Angela Milesi GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU �� Books FULLY BOOKED Following on from last month, more readers tell us about the books they urge you to read before you slump forward over the last page you’ll ever turn. � Books � Books � � FULLY BOOKED � Following on from last month, more readers tell us about the books they urge you to read before you slump forward over the last page you’ll ever turn.