Cecily's book reviews

In general I've written reviews of every book I've read since I joined GoodReads (RIP) in May 08, along with one or two I read prior to that. More recent reviews tend to be longer (sometimes a tad too long?). I always carry a book, though I don't get as much time as I'd like to get engrossed - life is busy, but in a good way. Too many of my favourite authors died without writing enough! Apart from reading, and writing about reading, I enjoy Scrabble, good restaurants, woodland, and attending the theatre.

Autobiography of a Chinese Girl

Autobiography of a Chinese Girl - Ping-Ying Hsieh As the title states. She is a young adult in turbulent times, remembering her childhood, her struggle for an education and very different struggles as a soldier.

A fascinating story, but staggeringly banal in places, which is particularly odd given her love of literature (eg, and I paraphrase, "Sometimes [when on library duty] I was so engrossed in my book, people had trouble getting my attention") - but maybe that's the fault of the translation.

My fondness for this book is perhaps more a reflection on its significance to me (the first book about China that I read), rather than its specific content. Perhaps I should reread now that I am older, and... better-informed.

Currently reading

The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy
Sebastian Peake, China MiƩville, Mervyn Peake
Mervyn Peake