Monday, November 23, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Well, the winner in the what-book-will-I-read-next contest was Pedro Mairal's short but so-far-delightful The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra.

I decided to take the approach of reading lots of short books between now and the end of the year. The Missing Year is about a man whose father dies and is left to sort out the past. The father, Juan Salvatierra, was an artist whose sole creation was a huge painting made of continuous scrolls of canvas. Salvatierra, as his son refers to him, worked on this project his entire adult life and now his son wants to find a single scroll that's gone missing, representing a year in his father's life and work. The son is trying to complete the work for its own sake and because he and his brother want to find a museum to house the work. This search takes him on adventures that recreate his father's life and help illuminate his own. The story takes place in Argentina.

I'm about half way through right now but it's a short book and I expect to finish it in a day or two. It's just a delightful little book and I can't wait to watch the rest of it unfurl, so to speak.

What are you reading this week?


Judith said...

Saturday late afternoon I began reading The Fall of Giants, the first volume in Ken Follett's 20th-century trilogy. I've read only one of his books previously and had been fairly certain I would never read more, but I was in the mood for a sprawling historical epic, and off I went. At 1,000 pages, I certainly won't be finishing it before January 1st, mostly because I'm also reading the Seamus Heaney translation of Beowulf (a bit at a time), and I want to read Washington Irving's selection "Old Christmas" from his Sketchbook in December.

Audra said...

Oooh, sounds super charming and interesting! I'm reading The Conqueror's Wife, a big lush hist fic about Alexander and the women in his life. It's splashy and fun and great for the holidays -- lots of family and running around so I need some breaks!