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.
Plays 2: Kafka's Dick, The Insurance Man, The Old Country, An Englishman Abroad, A Question of Attribution (Faber Contemporary Classics) - Alan Bennett I love Alan Bennett (and Arnold Bennett) and I love Kafka, but in very different ways, so I was wondering how a combination would work. Very well, I'm pleased to report.

Kafka's Dick: Short play by Alan Bennett about Kafka and especially his relationships with Brod and his father and the effect on his philosophy and self-esteem etc. Some excellent insights (eg in The Trial Joseph K is accused of a crime actually committed by a house painter, whereas in Crime & Punishment (which Kafka enjoyed) a house painter is wrongly accused of a crime actually committed by Raskolnikov). Also very witty and sometimes surreal. Prefaced by a good essay about Kafka, by AB (repeated in Writing Home, under the title Kafka in Las Vegas).

Insurance Salesman: Short play by Alan Bennett imagining the victim of a worker in a dye factory coming to Kafka's insurance company, but failing in his claim. To help him out, K gets him a job in his uncle's factory, but since that is an asbestos factory, that is ultimately the cause of his death.

See my Kafka-related bookshelf for other works by and about Kafka (http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1199525-cecily?format=html&order=a&shelf=kafka).

Currently reading

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