Words Myte Bite

Funny can be whatever you want it to be. The Words and Musings of Paul O'Malley. Sort of a Blog!

21 July
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Recent Reading

Pascal Mercier’s Night Train To Lisbon, this book is brilliant. The plot is simple, it is a lecturer whose boring life gets turned upside just after the book starts. Where it ends, that is up to your imagination, in between there is a journey, a most interesting journey as the protagonist delves into the life of a man who was in the Portuguese resistance back when that kind of thing mattered, as he gets to know this man, he meets new people, ideas, challenges to his thinking.Warning, I found it hard to read, however the style is required to tell the story the way it was told. Well worth spending time with.

Hugo Hamilton’s book The Speckled People, is the early life story of children of an Irish father and German Mother in Ireland in the fifties and sixties. Told though the perspective eyes of one of their children, a consistent in age is used as the viewing point. That view does not change, but the people become older, life becomes more complicated as it usually does. Really easy to read, well written, most enjoyable.

Lastly Bill Oddie’s autobiography, One flew into the the cookoo’s egg. Bill tells the stories of growing up, becoming famous, getting older, having what is often incorrectly referred to as “a nervous breakdown”, dealing with the aftermath of recovery, he even manages to interview himself and manages not to get too caught up in a dream as a result. All in all I really liked it.

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