This week was a mixed bag of re-reads:
— Mary Stewart, Madam, Will You Talk?.
As always, her prose is beautiful and her sense of place impeccable, but re-reading it reminded me of why this is one of the few Mary Stewarts I usually don’t re-read. There’s something rather… off… about her relationship with the hero. It might be a question of era and cultural mores, but it still rings a bit false to me.
— Angela Thirkell, Wild Strawberries.
If you haven’t read Thirkell… you’re missing out. They’re very gentle satires, mostly from the 1930s, set in the fictional English county of Barsetshire. She has a sure way with a turn of phrase and a genius for creating faintly ridiculous– but lovable–characters. Her comedy reminds me of both Georgette Heyer and L.M. Montgomery.
— Angela Thirkell, High Rising.
See above. This one is about an author, and the account of her epic struggle with her typewriter ribbon would have made me laugh– if it weren’t so reminiscent of my epic struggles with my computer.
What have you been reading this week?