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.
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett Dickensian, and a clear influence on Kafka's Trial and Castle (Dostoyevski was an author he liked, according to Brod). Grinding poverty and depravation; alcoholism; criminality; prostitution; love; moral, social and political dilemmas; tests of friendship and family ties; the power of guilt - all the big themes, though not much about religion. Twists in the plot, especially towards the end, echo Raskolnikov's own confusion about whether or not he's mad/paranoid, the implications of what he's done, and, like a detective novel, even though he/we think we know what happened, he/we don't know who else knows - or what (or why) they are going to do about it. At a trivial level, it is often confusing which character is which, as most have first, middle and surnames, used in various permutations, as well as an abbreviated form/nickname, which can be equally like the proper name of more than one character! Apart from that, it's not "heavy" in the way one might fear.

Currently reading

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