Good Reading : August 2010
54 goodreading ı AUGUST 2010 readers' life 3 Brock Imison, Principal Contrabassoon What are you reading right now? All the Pretty Horses by Cor mac McCarthy. Why that book? It was recommended by a friend. I have read The Road by the same author and enjoyed it. What’s it about? I am only halfway through the book, but it appears to be about a pair of teenage boys who decide to leave home and ride their horses from America to Mexico, befriending others on the way, falling in love, and discovering the world is a pretty messed up place. Where did you get it? I always require a book while travelling; on a recent tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra I picked it up from Dymocks in Sydney. Has it lived up to your expectations? So far yes, Mr McCarthy has such a unique way of describing the world. Would you recommend it to others? Yes. I am looking forward to reading the two other books in the trilogy. Andrew Hall, Violin What are you reading right now? Shane Warne: Portrait of a flawed genius by Simon Wilde. Why that book? I'm a cricket fanatic and I love reading about the game and the players. What’s it about? Well, Shane Warne ... It gives an interesting insight into the life and career of the greatest leg spinner in cricket history, both highs and lows. Where did you get it from? It was a birthday gift from a mate who knows my literary tastes well! Has it lived up to your expectations? Definitely, yes. A really entertaining read longside Paul Barry's biography of War ne. Would you recommend it to others? Sure. It's a great read for the beach in summer or for a refuge from the non-stop footy in winter. caught reading This month we find out what members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra have tucked behind their music stands. Robert Cossom, percussionist What are you reading right now? The Collector by John owles. Why that book? I was browsing through my regular bookshop and it was one of the books that appealed that day. I hadn't read any John Fowles before and the theme is one I was wanting to explore in a new composition. What’s it about? A young man, lonely and withdrawn, becomes obsessed with a young female art student. He abducts her, believing she will grow to love him once she gets to know him. Where did you get it? Mary Martin's, Southbank. Has it lived up to your expectations? Definitely. A wonderfully imaginative writer and a very sensitive treatment of a really disturbing theme. Would you recommend it to others? Yes. This book is an entry into the minds of two people struggling to understand one another and the situation they are in. A very interesting, entertaining, thought provoking read. Wilma Smith, Concertmaster What are you reading right now? The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. Why that book? I like thrillers/crime fiction and Stieg Larsson's trilogy, of which this is the second book, was highly recommended by a good friend. What’s it about? The main character is an unusual heroine, a real 21st-century invention, who is an expert computer hacker with a complicated childhood and complex psychology, interesting relationships and a strong moral compass. The issues Larsson tackles are topical and deal with human rights abuses but not in a preachy way -- he never loses sight of the fact his readers enjoy a cracking thriller and so far this certainly is. Where did you get it? I bought the trilogy from Borders at Chadstone. Has it lived up to your expectations? It has. I wish I had more time to read, though, because it's the sort of book that I would enjoy reading in large chunks but at the moment I'm making do with late night short bursts until I fall asleep -- which doesn't take long. Would you recommend it to others? I would certainly highly ecommend it to others, particularly o people who enjoy he genre. Sylvia Hosking, Assistant Principal Bass What are you reading right now? I have just finished Almost a Crime by Penny Vincenzi. Why that book? I am in the process of reading all of her books. I am a little hooked on her characters -- always interesting, and full of surprises. She paces her books so well, and once they gather momentum it is almost impossible to put them down. What’s it about? The main characters -- Octavia and Tom Fleming -- are seen as the perfect couple. A power mar riage, if you like. Both are highly successful professionals, very well off and generally live a lovely life, though incredibly busy. Days are filled with lunches, dinner parties and the races -- oh, and sometimes caring for their children -- though of course there's the nanny for them. It appears to outsiders the perfect match. Of course all is not quite as rosy as it seems, and because of Tom's infidelity the mar riage takes quite a beating, as do all involved. There are many sub-plots which are tied together with absolute brilliance. Where did you get it? I've been hoarding them -- begged and borrowed -- but I think I actually bought this from Borders. Has it lived up to your expectations? More than lived up ... many hours of lost sleep on this one. Would you recommend it to others? Definitely ... though probably best when you've got some time up your sleeve, or you'll find yourself shirking responsibilities.