Fran wrote:Unusually for me my next read is a factual book - Stasiland by Anna Funder
I read her All that I Am last week and really enjoyed it so when I was in the library & happened to see Stasiland I decided it was a must read. However, given the subject matter I don't expect any laughs.
Hi Fran, I am keen to read All That I Am - how did you find it? I have read Stasiland -it is very compelling, but, you're right, there aren't too many laughs,
-- 15 Dec 2012, 20:03 --
I finished Radclyffe Hall's Well of Loneliness last night. This is a great piece of literature dealing with societal attitudes to lesbianism in the 1920s, which remains relevant to anti-gay attitudes that prevail today. I can't believe that women who preferred other women were referred to as "inverts"! This book was banned simply because the characters in the book did not apologise for their vices and were portrayed with sympathy.
The daily bus book will now be Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel, which pre-dates her more famous recent Booker Prize winning novels. Beyond Black was shortlisted for the 2006 Orange Prize.
She wore her sexuality with an older woman's ease, and not...like an awkward purse, never knowing how to hold it, where to hang it or when to just put it down.
White Teeth, Zadie Smith