Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bookish Brain Dump: The Lantern!

Whoa, y'all! We're in mid-audit. Well, it's audit day. It hasn't started yet, and I'll be hella glad when it's over. I think we're well prepared and nothing to really worry about, but of course there's a little anxiety until it's DONE!

Behind the scenes, my brain is still stuck on books. Yesterday I downloaded Deborah Lawrenson's much blogged-about novel, The Lantern, for the RIP VI readalong.

From Lawrenson's website:

The Lantern is a modern gothic novel, inspired by a crumbling hamlet in Provence. When I began writing, it was going to be an homage to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, with its young heroine who finds her man becomes more mysterious to her the longer she is with him.

Along the way it became a novel about perfume and blindness and the past life of houses, and also about books, reading and the imagination.

And while the story was all in my mind, the beauty of the Luberon region that provides the backdrop was just there to be captured in words…

Captivating, no? I laid in bed reading the first few chapters on my iPhone last night after Greyson went to sleep. I was instantly caught up in the language, and I can't wait to see what this book holds for me. I've become very interested in "house novels" since reading Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger earlier this year. The house certainly became a character of its own in that book, and it sounds like I have something similar ahead in this one.

I'm also sort of fascinated with the chapter layout in this one. The book is only 350ish pages (388 maybe?) but there are like 60 chapters or somethin'!

I hope some of you are planning to join in. The schedule for this group read will be:

  • Monday, Oct 3 to Oct 9, Parts 1 and 2 (Questions by Carl). Answers post Monday, October 10th.
  • Monday, Oct 10 to Oct 16 Parts 3 and 4, (Questions by Kailana). Answers post Monday, October 17th.
  • Monday, Oct 17 to Oct 23 Part 5 and Wrap Up, (Questions by Heather). Answers post Monday October 24th.
Visit Stainless Steel Droppings for more info on the readalongs!

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