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.
The Easter Parade - Richard Yates Hurt oozes from every page of this story, more explicitly than in much of Revolutionary Road, although the characters are generally somewhat flimsier.

This is the story of two sisters who were 9 and 5 when their parents split up in 1930, after which they move around New York environs with their mother at regular intervals, always chasing “flair”, but without the means to achieve it. Sarah, the older one, grows up to lead a conventional life (early marriage and children, long term domesticity), while Emily goes to college and leads a more liberated life, even before the term “women’s lib” was coined.

Neither sister is close to the other or their mother; each is lonely in her own way, burdened by very different things, but unable to help themselves or each other to happiness. When circumstances lead to them actually sharing memories and feelings, instead of providing a release to bring them closer together, each shatters some of the other’s illusion (and indeed the reader’s). Hence, presumably, the title: whilst Easter makes one think of death and rebirth, the Easter Parade of the title refers to a falsely cheerful photograph.

Currently reading

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