Despite being a book lover and, god forbid, a Librarian! I am NOT a big reader of Classics. In fact, I prefer it if they’re turned into films. I love a good costume drama!
However, there was just something about this book that made me borrow it. Perhaps it was the cover. I do like a book with a good cover. To be honest, in the beginning it was the cover, but then I read the blurb and met Flora Poste and her relatives the Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm. I took Cold Comfort Farm away with me over my Easter holidays and I meant to read it, classic or not.
Once I’d started the book and got used to the difference in language (it was first published in 1932) I really started to enjoy it. The characters were delightful, the plot wonderful and to my surprise, it was funny!
I’m wondering how many other great stories I have dismissed, simply because they are “classics”. It is time to broaden my horizons and challenge myself with my reading.
Cold Comfort Farm gets 4 stars from me.
Last Saturday it was Valentine’s Day. Not only was it Valentine’s Day it was also Library Lovers Day. My local public library, the Wagga Wagga City Library had organised “blind date with a book”. The concept is, that you borrow a book that is wrapped up and you have no idea what you are getting. It’ll either be a hit or a miss, or somewhere in between. I was able to request a fiction blind date and this is what I received.
I’m not a huge reader of crime novels, and this is what I got. Not only was this one of my least favourite genres (westerns and mills and boon style romance would have to be right down the bottom of the list), it was also set in a boarding school in Ireland. That being said, I did like the cover (yes that’s right, I judge books by their covers!) so I thought that it at least deserved a chance.
Usually I’m a fast reader and I can plough through 2 or 3 fiction novels in a week. This one took me a week to read. It was a little hard to get into, I think perhaps because my heart just wasn’t into my date. Even though the cover was nice, I was concerned about the content. Persevere is what I did and it paid off. I finished the book this afternoon and was happy to have found out “whodunnit”. That being said I didn’t love the book and I won’t be tracking down anything else by this author.
I picked up On Chesil Beach on Tuesday night and finished reading it before work on Wednesday morning. It’s an absolutely delightful read but heartwrenchingly sad. Well written, wonderful imagery and two beautiful but inexperienced main characters. This is the second novel of Ian McEwan’s that I’ve read and I’m looking forward to reading more of his work.