Today’s Booking Through Thursday:
If you could change the ending of any book you’ve read, which would it be and how would you change it?
HUGE SPOILER ALERT – I’m talking about the endings of some of the books here that I have reviewed in the past.
OK now that I’m not going to give any secrets away to people who don’t want them given away… OHMYGOODNESSTHEGREATGATSBYWHATWEREYOUDOINGFSCOTTFITZGERALD?????
Maybe it’s the opera fan in me. But OBVIOUSLY the correct ending here is that Daisy, deeply unhappy and trapped in a loveless marriage, commits suicide, while the men who have loved her and ruined her life stand around sadly.
Americanah – I’m not a big fan of books where adultery wins out. (see Great Gatsby).
The Bonesetter’s Daughter – an overly twee ending – I suspect this was edited heavily.
So, obviously you’ve all read all the Anne of Green Gables books.
You know that sad bit in the middle of Anne’s House of Dreams (#5 of the 8)?
DO NOT BE READING THIS BOOK ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT WHEN YOU GET TO THAT POINT.
Found on the internet this week…
Always glad to be providing a public service. Pretty sure that the download speeds might be bad though.
Inspired by Eva, I am re-reading Anne’s House of Dreams (on the Kindle app of my very shiny new phone). Is there anyone who doesn’t love Anne of Green Gables? At one point in my childhood I had 5 copies of AOGG, given to me by assorted well-intentioned relatives; they laboured unloved on my shelves. One summer when I must have been 12 or 13 (?) I suddenly tore through the series; my objections to the first few pages of AOGG were overruled by the next few – and the thousand after that.
And I’m now of the right age to match Anne in her House of Dreams! (have been for a few years, but shhh) The writing is just as delicious as I remembered.
Back to the book.
(also I have my second cold in 3 weeks, despite the flu vaccination since the first cold, and am feeling very sorry for myself)
Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.
(photo credit: unknown; it’s been lurking on my computer for too long)
Richard Flanagan won the Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North a few weeks ago. The Book Accumulator read it in April and raved about it then, and I have put below a very brief guest review. I’d better get myself a copy!
I judged it a serious contender for the title of the GAN, the Great Australian novel. I was surprised after reading the Miles Franklin winner that the Flanagan novel missed out (though All the Birds Singing by Evie Wyld was not an unworthy winner of the Miles Franklin).
Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North (2013), a serious attempt to take the title of the Great Australian Novel, as it comes to slippery grips with big themes of suffering, death, love and loyalty, while also depicting the terrible life of the prisoners on the Burma railway in the Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. Disturbing is the hero’s inability to love, even though he has scores of romantic relationships as well as a family, and even though he as doctor and officer is deeply committed to the soldiers under his care and command in the camp. A book that moves at vastly different speeds, often too tediously in parts which needed editing.
Have you read it? What did you think?