Good Reading : September 2009
readers’ life 1 caught reading Our intrepid reporter CLIVE HODGES targeted congregants of St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane, and asked them what they were reading. Ann of Carina, Qld What are you reading? A A Garden of Earthly Delights y Joyce Carol Oates. Why that book? I bought it months ago on holiday when I was foraging through s find ‘treasures’. What’s it about? It’s a beautiful story about Clara, the daughter of migrant farm workers during the Depression, how she grows up. It focuses on relationships and the effects we can have on each other. Are you enjoying it? Yes, Joyce Carol Oates has the wonderful ability to paint the most amazing pictures using words. She transforms what could be seen to be mundane into something special and thought provoking. Where did you obtain it? Icon Books in Byron Bay. Would you recommend it to others? Yes, if you enjoy words. Peter of Carindale, Qld What are you eading? C e Compass and Stars by Mar M tin Smith. Why that book? t represents the ediscovery of an author I found deeply in What’s it about abou ? The spirituality of everyday life. Are you enjoying it? Very much. Where did you obtain it? Amazon.com Would you recommend it to others? Yes. influential 20 years ago. secondhand bookshops to Gillian of Nundah, Qld What are you reading? These Three Remain by Pamela Aidan. Why that book? Because I love Pride e and this is one of the more successful attempts to imagine the parts of the story Austen didn’t write about. What’s it about? It tells the story of Pride and Prejudice from Darcy’s point of view, in an attempt to explain his change from pride to humility. Are you enjoying it? Yes - it isn’t Austen, but it is respectful of Austen’s world and her characters. Where did you obtain it? From Amazon Marketplace. Would you recommend it to others? Yes – if they love Austen and are prepared to step outside her story a little. Susan of Brisbane, Qld What are you reading? Theory U by C Otto Scharmer. Why that book? Leadership is my passion. What’s it about? Leading from the future as it emerges. Are you enjoying it? Yes! Where did you obtain it? Amazon, America. Would you recommend it to others? Yes. Rupert of Murrumba Do M doch. D wns, Qld What are you reading? A Word Child by Iris Mur Why that book? Ev E ery couple of months, I read a novel. Much of my other reading is biograph or languages. Novels are a relief. What’s it about? Are you enjoying it? Immensely – Iris Murdoch had a marvellous ear for how we argue and interact. It is sometimes witty; sometimes profound; always searching. Where did you obtain it? The local library. Would you recommend it to others? Yes – and other stuff by her. Lisa of Newstead, Qld What are you reading? Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Why that book? I went to a book event at Riverbend Bookshop in Bulimba where Chimamanda was the speaker. She was brilliant. What’s it about? The struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria. Are you enjoying it? Immensely. Where did you obtain it? Mary Ryan Bookshop. Would you recommend it to others? Definitely. Caught Reading is brought to you by Best Western Hotels www.bestwestern.com.au aphy, theology The resonances and bounces we get in relationships – folks misinterpret each other all the time.