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.
Madame Bovary - Mark Overstall, Malcolm Bowie, Margaret Mauldon, Gustave Flaubert Surprisingly un-Victorian feel to the language (though the atmosphere is decidedly French), but hard to know whether that is original or due to the translation. Vividly describes the anguish of conflicting pulls of heart versus convention and the consequent highs and lows - emotionally and socially. Not at all explicit, and a very harshly moral tale, but caused a scandal when published, presumably because the driving force is a woman's desires rather than a man's.

Currently reading

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