Good Reading : August 2010
30 goodreading ı AUGUST 2010 readers' life 2 Iknow it has been a while since we have featured Pass It On, but after receiving so many requests for it to return, I am happy to say that it's back! We always receive an overwhelming number of responses from readers and I love seeing the interaction that occurs. Since I have had the dreaded readers' block, I passed the mantle to Sarah Minns, our deputy editor, who read Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord by Louis de Ber nières. This is what she thought: 'Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord is the second book in a trilogy about a fictional Latin American country.The books cover drug wars, gover nment cor ruption and religion and they are by the man who wrote Captain Corelli's Mandolin. I loved this trilogy. It was full of violence that made me flinch, but offset by beautiful scenery and inspiring characters, and a dreamy, magical realism aspect that really appealed to me.' I've chosen a book from your recommendations: Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome, recommended by Malvina Yock. Either I (if my reading mojo retur ns in time) or someone at gr will read it, and I'll send Malvina a copy of Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord. Here are some other books that have been recommended this month. If you would like to make a recommendation or tell me about a book you have read from a previous Pass It On column, just go to our website to enter. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome I found this book when researching Alan Bennett, who said that Jerome K Jerome was one of the funniest authors he's read. As The Uncommon Reader was such a gem, I instantly got a copy of the book and read it -- and cried with laughter. I read it out loud at a literary weekend and had other people crying with laughter. Simply a gorgeous, fun read, never out of print since it was published! And with good reason. Enjoy! Malvina Yock, Miranda NSW Circus Car nivore by Mark Svendsen This fabulously silly picture book delights in nonsense verse and has stunning, imaginative illustrations to extend the story. It's the tale of a little girl's battle with her elders, who advocate a 'no noise' rule at home. She harnesses the inner depths of her imagination to run riot, and create a 'carnivale' atmosphere to 'break loose'. With layers and layers of content, and rich pickings for the intrepid reader, this is a book to be pored over, delighted in and re-read all over again! Ann-Maree Dyer, Alton Downs Qld The Help by Kathryn Stockett Kathryn Stockett's debut novel is set in Jackson, Mississippi, during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The story is told from the perspectives of Aibileen, a maid who has raised 17 children in her time; Minny, a maid who can't seem to keep her mouth shut; and 'Skeeter' an aspiring writer and somewhat naive outsider. The novel covers some controversial issues and historical events with grace and, although some events are shocking, there is still wit and war m fuzzy feelings all over this read. Donna, Ashmore Qld The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert This novel comprises three thematically connected stories, with Ger many as their setting, first before Hitler's war, the next in the immediate after math, and the third 30 years later, yet still in war's after math.Together, the three stories reveal how war avar iciously destroys a nation's innocence.The second story, one of inter nal child refugees, is particularly harrowing as it tells a tale that the victor's recall of history can easily overlook. Kerry Neary, Moorooka Qld Dear Gabriel by Halfdan W Freihow This book touched me deeply the first time I read it.Then I read it again and was moved all over again.This is a true and exquisite story, written by a father as a letter to his autistic son, Gabriel. Sometimes Gabriel is close, other times far away, in an unreachable foggy world of his own. The writer has left much of himself behind, and when the last page is turned you know you'll never forget Gabriel and his father, whose love has no boundaries. Judith Caine, Donvale Vic The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery One of my absolute favourites is The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery - if you haven't read it I hink you should, it's fantastic! Mandy, Perth WA The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R King The young Mary Russell meets the retired Sherlock Holmes and the two form an unlikely partnership.The first in an enthralling series ... I am waiting with baited breath for the next, in the series, soon to be released! Faith Johnson, St Albans Vic pass it on! ROWENA CSEH’S book-club- with-a-twist has returned!