Good Reading : March 2009
readers’ life pass it on L Editor ROWENA CSEH gives us the latest instalment in the Pass It On Project … and some other suggestions from readers. ast issue we shared with you some of the entries into our ‘Pass It On’ Project. From the entries received I selected Shogun by James Clavell, which was suggested by Kerry Green of Como, Western Australia. She has finished Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs and I’m not sure it was her cup of tea. But if we all loved the same type of books life would be a bit mundane wouldn’t it? She’s passed it back and we’re ready to pass it on again. In the meantime another reader, Kim Rudolf from Darwin, has sent me Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald (see the letters page). So this month we’ve four books to pass on. Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs, Shogun, Fall on Your Knees and this month’s pick from your past entries, Mummy Laid an Egg by Babette Cole. Yes, it a children’s picture book but if you have young kids and are looking for a fun way to approach the subject of how babies are made, this might be one you’d like to try and pass on. If you’d like to be selected to receive one of the books to read and pass on, email or write to us about a book you’ve loved but felt hasn’t had the recognition it’s deserved, and tell us which book you’d like to read. We’ll select four readers to be sent the four books. Here are some more entries from readers ... Drawn from Memory, by E H Shepard I loved it, yet I have never met anyone else who has even read it! Shepard was the original illustrator of The Wind in the 8 goodreading i MARCH 2009 Willows and Winnie the Pooh. Drawn from Memory is a wonderful evocation of his happy Victorian childhood. I loved this book as it provided me with a picture of a gentler, kindlier world where ‘a little boy and his bear will always be playing’. Margaret Harris, Kingscliff NSW Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels This book was recently released as a movie but it was definitely not a major release. Michaels writes in a poetic way so the novel isn’t a straightforward linear story. It’s written in two parts, the first part tells of Jakob Beer, who escapes the Holocaust physically but not emotionally. The second part is written from the perspective of Ben who admires Jakob’s poetry and is trying to make sense of the events. It is beautifully written and very sad. Danielle Johanesen, Melbourne Vic The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline This is a children’s book, yet it’s for everyone; a precious book, so beautifully written and illustrated that you’ll want to linger over the words and delight in the sensitive drawings, and simply enjoy holding such a treasure in your hands. Edward Tulane seems to escape the pages, becoming so real you’ll quickly forget he’s a three-foot-tall china rabbit. His story will not only melt your heart, it will break it, and then put a smile right back where it broke. I have lent this book to several adult friends (one lady in her 80s) and each of them have admitted to shedding tears for Edward, and felt they had read something quite extraordinary. Judith Caine, Donvale Vic A Lost Glitter, edited by Michael Best Letters between Adelaide and Kalgoorlie goldfields in 1895 show the trials and love of my ancestors and an insight to early goldfield life. Lesley McCauley, Glenelg North SA Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel is an entrancing novel of fiery romance and gentle fantasy. Conjuring visually enchanting pictures of emotionally rich living spaces in a barren war-torn countryside. Kez Viola Clayfield Qld Jo Miller of Wollongbar NSW suggests The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean- Dominique Bauby. Lisa Myers of Brighton Vic suggests The Twelfth Dialogue by Tom Petsinis. Erika Brown of Coledale NSW suggests Tamburlaine Must Die by Louise Welsh. Vanessa Lauf of Acton ACT suggests Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.