Henry V, Act 4, Scene 3
So, the final questions post… Sorry for the slight delay, only I’m currently in Costa Rica, of all places! Attempting to teach children English, although seems like it might be a bit of an uphill struggle… Still, hopefully I can make some progress by the end of these four months.
Back to the post, read on for Cormier, McEwan, Sparks, Joyce, Stephen Fry and more!
17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?
Ooh, the endings of both ‘The Chocolate War’ (Robert Cormier) and ‘The Life of Pi’ (Yann Martel) were utterly gobsmacking and shocking and cruel and brilliant, all at the same time. They were the type of books where all you can write afterwards is agsdsfhgdsafhdg and you just can’t explain your mixed-up, pathetically confused emotions without the help of gifs:
18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc):
In terms of friendship, I really liked Billy Prior and Dr Rivers and how their rapport developed over the three ‘Regeneration’ books (Pat Barker). On the romantic side, William and Nancy Hawkins of Muriel Sparks’ ‘A Far Cry From Kensington’ were a great couple, getting on with their relationship without fuss but with much happiness; John Rokesmith and Bella Wilfer (‘Our Mutual Friend’, Charles Dickens) were the couple that you massively ship for the whole book and then it’s such a relief when they finally get together; and then we have Harold and Maureen Fry (‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ by Rachel Joyce) who grow together whilst apart and who come to forgive and understand each other slowly, slowly, inch by inch.
19. Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you’ve read previously:
20. Best book you read in 2013 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else:
My ex-history teacher recommended me two excellent novels: ‘Making History’ by Stephen Fry and ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson both of which do have historical elements but put them across in a reader-friendly, enjoyable way. The former is more of a slow-burner, with a rather stupid hero, but a great concept behind there; the latter is pacier, covering a huge period of history with an incredibly wise man at the centre of it all.
21. Genre you read the most from in 2013?
I read quite a bit of dystopia (the original one ‘We’- Zamyatin, ‘Brave New World’-Huxley, ‘Fahrenheit 451’-Bradbury), loads and loads of classics (if that even counts as a genre) and also quite a bit of satire (Waugh, Mitford, Maugham…)
22. Best 2013 debut you read?
I didn’t read that many brand new 2013 books, I have to admit, but I enjoyed ‘How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia’ (Mohsin Hamid), which was written in an interesting way and, apart from the few odd chapters, was a pretty gripping story.
23. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Most vivid world was that of ‘Brave New World’ (Aldous Huxley) or of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ (Ray Bradbury) and the most vivid imagery was the beautiful descriptions in ’Grapes of Wrath’(John Steinbeck).
24. Book that was the most fun to read in 2013?
‘Neither Here Nor There’ (Bill Bryson) made me actually laugh out loud on the tube – which was slightly embarrassing – and, of course, the Thursday Next series (Jasper Fforde) are a constant delight.
And there we have it! Roll on 2014’s books – although I won’t be doing another 100, I’m planning to read all the super long novels I didn’t have time for last year; so expect reviews of ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘War and Peace’, more Dickens, ‘Crime and Punishment’ and all that lot 🙂