Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Good Book Recommendations - My Recently Read List

Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis (Myths, The)I went to a used bookstore in Enola, PA called Cupboard Maker Books and found a copy of a Margaret Atwood book I'd never heard of before called Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories.  I am attempting to own all of her novels and short story collections so I was definitely happy/surprised to find this one on the shelf.  It's classic Atwood: all types of female artists, adolescent relationships, sex, some political activism, relationship uncertainties, etc.

The Elegance of the HedgehogBefore reading this, I finished reading Ali Smith's Girl Meets Boy, a modern re-telling of the myth of Iphis and Ianthe.  A quick read, less than 200 pages, but very thought provoking.  Beautiful language as usual with Ali Smith.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog  by Muriel Barbery is one of the best books I've read in months.  Although there's very little plot/action, the characters are dynamic enough to keep you interested and engaged throughout. It's told from the point of view of an older, widowed concierge and through the journal of a 12-year-old girl and maps the progression of their intertwining lives.   

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