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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Books Read in February

The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

Miss Christie never lets one down and this is no exception! In this enchanting novel, Jerry, who is suffering from a bad case of ennui after the First World War, and his smart and fashionable sister go to the country so that Jerry can recover from a car accident. They expect the country to be very boring so they're amazed to discover the small village awash with talk of poison-pen letters. They join the investigation when they receive some themselves. The situation becomes even more dangerous when murders suddenly start happening...

Eccentric characters and a fairy-tale romance make this book one of the most enjoyable of Christie's novels.

The Road to San Michele by Bengt Jangfeldt

The Story of San Michele was such an unusual book - so lyrical and magical that it's hard to beat. It remains one of my favourites.

This is the true story of Axel Munthe, the famous doctor who owned a villa on Capri, Italy, and saved birds from cruel methods of hunting. Apparently he had a long affair with Queen Victoria of Sweden and associated with other royals and the aristocracy. He played with the truth in his wonderful book so it was very interesting to know his real story. The writing is fairly straight forward and prosaic (perhaps it loses something in translation) so be sure to read The Story of San Michele as well.

East Side Story by Louis Auchincloss

Auchincloss captures the character of old New York well, following in the footsteps of Edith Wharton. I used to like his books but this one lacked 'bite' and was rather disappointing.

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