Tag Archives: Contemporary Fiction

Arriving Here. Ali Smith’s Winter

Smith, Ali. Winter. Penguin Canada, 2017. Opening Ali Smith’s Winter reveals quotations from Shakespeare, Barbara Hepworth, Theresa May, Muriel Spark, and Charles Dickens and surely gives advance notice that once again Smith will be leading her readers on a crazy paving … Continue reading

Posted in Newly Read Literary Fiction | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Adjusting Focus: Joanna Trollope’s City of Friends

Trollope, Joanna. City of Friends. Mantle, 2017. ebook. City of Friends is Joanna Trollope’s twentieth novel. She is, I suppose, known primarily for what we might call “women’s fiction.” Certainly, many of her novels deal with what some readers may feel are … Continue reading

Posted in Newly Read Literary Fiction | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Surviving the Past-Building the Future: Andrew Taylor’s The Ashes of London

Taylor, Andrew. The Ashes of London. Harper 2016. I’m fairly sure this is the first novel I’ve read by Andrew Taylor. I’m wondering how I’ve managed not to have met his work before. The Ashes of London is a who-dunnit … Continue reading

Posted in Detection and Other Investigations, History and Theology | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Facing the Tide: Margaret Drabble’s The Dark Flood Rises

Drabble, Margaret. The Dark Flood Rises. Farrar, 2016. The title of Margaret Drabble’s latest novel comes from D. H. Lawrence’s “The Ship of Death,” and the work is prefaced by two lines from this poem and by Yeats’ “The Wheel” … Continue reading

Posted in Newly Read Literary Fiction | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Proper(?) Imposition of Words: Iain Pears’ An Instance of the Fingerpost

Pears, Iain. An Instance of the Fingerpost. [1997] Vintage, 1998. I can’t believe it’s twenty years since I first read this novel. Trite phrases about the passing of time come easily to mind. The novel pleased me then. It pleased … Continue reading

Posted in Works Revisited | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pity of Shadows: John Le Carré’s A Legacy of Spies

Le Carré, John. A Legacy of Spies.Viking, 2017.  A lot of us would agree, no doubt, that John Le Carré’s novels set in the cold war are some of his best, and, perhaps, you are like me in regretting the … Continue reading

Posted in Detection and Other Investigations | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Whispers From the Past: Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind

Ruiz Zafón, Carlos. The Shadow of the Wind. 2001. Trans. Lucia Graves. Penguin, 2004. Ruiz Zafón’s novel is possibly the work I’ve enjoyed most so far this year, though I’m not exactly sure that “enjoy” is quite the appropriate verb. … Continue reading

Posted in Newly Read Literary Fiction | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment