Another week, another book. Or two. This past week I read The Guest Cat, by Takashi Hiraide, a short and poetic book about a Japanese married couple and their relationship with a local cat. It's as much about their relationship with the world, their neighborhood and nature as it is about the one cat, and what they learn about themselves. I finished The Ghost Road, Pat Barker's 1995 Booker winner, with mixed feelings. It was okay. I didn't love it but I want to read the other books in her Regeneration trilogy; this was the third and I think maybe I should read the other two.
I'm about half-way through Nicola Griffith's Hild now and still loving it. Literary fiction readers, please do yourselves a big favor and buy this book now when it's in glorious hardcover. I'm telling you, you won't be sorry.
I also started a new Booker book, J.G. Farrell's The Siege of Krishnapur, which won the Booker in 1973. I read his Troubles a while back and that remains one of my favorites; this one displays the same subtlety and dry wit of that book. It focuses on the Indian Mutiny of 1857 though its themes are very modern and current even today.
Finally, I decided to read The Castle of Whispers, by Carole Martinez, as well, and that book about a Frenchwoman who locks herself up in a tower, is interesting and one that I think my college French professor would enjoy.