>My latest delivery from the library consists entirely of contemporary fiction. Considering how expensive new novels (under copyright) can be, it makes sense to buy classics and depend on the library for the rest of my reading needs and wants.
The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre
Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
Saraswati Park – Anjali Joseph
I’ve begun Saraswati Park, written by first-time novelist Anjali Joseph. It is quite a riveting read, blessedly unpretentious, earthy and compelling. The setting may not be entirely new, because over the last year I’ve seen Bombay through Rohinton Mistry and Suketu Mehta’s eyes, but I like the quality of Joseph’s writing. I am definitely enjoying this read.
Sadly, I had to abandon The Sea (John Banville) halfway through. I realised I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for it and was skimming through it, instead of letting the words linger and seep in. I’d rather save it for another day, another time, when I can let the sentences take complete control of me.