Updated 18th November 2019
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What is it about reading something for the first time? “You never have this experience again with the story … it’s a kind of falling-in-love reaction.” Stanley Kubrick said this, and I know what he means. It’s why I write about books as I read them. I want to remember that reaction, so I stop every few chapters and write about everything I’ve found interesting and engaging. (Or not.) Most of the books I read, but not all, are novels.
The name is taken from Philip K Dick’s short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, later adapted for the cinema in Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall. At the centre of the story is the unreliability of memory. And, in the case of Verhoven’s movie, graphic violence.
What I’m reading now:
In Search of Lost Time 1: Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust (on hold)
Dombey and Son—Charles Dickens
Lincoln in the Bardo—George Saunders
Fleishman is in Trouble—Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Sweet Thursday—John Steinbeck
The Handmaid’s Tale—Margaret Atwood
The Testaments—Margaret Atwood
The Stranger/The Outsider—Albert Camus
The Meursault Investigation—Kamel Daoud
Best recent read:
Mrs Dalloway—Virginia Woolf