Good Reading : September 2005
goodreading 25 Ferry from Circular Quay to Cremorne, Sydney Jan from Birmingham, UK What are you reading? A Star called Henry by Roddy Doyle. Why that book? I like his style and I’ve read all his others. What’s it about? It’s about the beginnings of Irish Republicanism – the period to 1916 and its effect on a young man born in the slums of Dublin who develops into a hero of the Republican movement. Did you buy or borrow it? Bought it. Has it lived up to your expectations? Too early to say. It certainly has all the hall- marks of a memorable book, with Doyle’s sual sharp alogue nd social omment. Would you ecommend tto others? Yes. trains > planes > buses > ferries Bus from Sydney city to Pyrmont, NSW Fiona from Paddington, NSW What are you reading? The Great World by David Malouf. Why that book? No real reason, it just looked interesting. Did you buy or borrow it? I borrowed it from the library. What’s it about? It’s about lots of things but basi- cally it follows the lives of two men, Vic and Digger – from their country upbringings to their internment in a prisoner-of-war camp, and how that experience affects their lives post-war. Has it lived up to your expectations? I’m surprised by how much I’m enjoying it. I hadn’t read any of [Malouf’s] books before but am keen to read more of them after this. Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely. Seabus from Vancouver to North Vancouver, Canada Kate, 16, from Vancouver What are you reading? A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham. Why that book? There was a movie made of the book but I didn’t see it because I don’t like Colin Farrell – the film seems to be really miscast – but my friends told me it was a good story. And I saw The Hours and liked it. What’s it about? Two boys grow up together in the country and one, who’s gay, goes to live in New York. His friend comes to live with him in the city and falls in love with his flat-mate, and they have a baby. The gay guy is in love with his friend, so they all live together. Did you buy or borrow it? I bought it at Book Warehouse, so it was really cheap. Has it lived up to yo expectations? Yes, it’s very well written. I’m up to page 190 so far. It’s the first book of his I’ve read, but I’ll probably read more now. Train from Ashtead to London, UK Alex, 17 from Ashtead What are you reading? The Black Album by Hanif Kureishi Why that book? Because I’ve enjoyed five of his other books and I really like his style. What’s it about? A group of second- generation Pakistani students living in a South London bedsit. The book explores the alienation they feel from their parents’ generation but also the fact that they are not accepted and integrated into the white society of their Western contemporaries. Horrifyingly, there is a part of this story where four bombs are detonated in the London underground – as if Kureishi were predicting what happened last July. Did you buy or borrow it? I bought it in Heffers in Cambridge, one of my all-time favourite bookshops. Would you recommend it to others? Definitely, especially for anyone who wants to try and understand the complex prob- lems faced by Muslims in a Western society.