Today I'm reading Pure, by Andrew Miller, a Costa-award winning novel set in pre-Revolutionary France that I'm just loving. Seriously it's a terrific read and I hope those of you into historical fiction get a chance to check it out. It's about an engineer from Normandy who comes to Paris to exhume a gravesite and encounters all kinds of challenges along the way. It's got a great wry humor and I love the engineer and all of his dilemmas.
I've got a couple of other things going as well- Freedom in Exile, the autobiography of the 14th Dalai Lama, and Heat and Dust, the 1975 Booker winner by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. You might know her work from the many screenplays she's written for Merchant/Ivory films. This book is somewhat Merchant/Ivory like; it's about two women in India at different times, on either side of the Raj. I need to jumpstart my Booker reading; I've gotten distracted from it for several months. Also I want to pick up my crime novels and made some headway. I've collected a bunch of them over the past several months and June or July may be the time to dig in. I'm thinking maybe in July, when I go away on a quick trip, would be a good time to dig into some quick reads.
Have a great Sunday! More Sunday Salon here.