Wednesday, June 15, 2016
#WeekofReviews Shorties: The Painted Veil and Moranthology
Kitty Fane is getting older (by societal standards of the time) and she's squandered a truckload of marriage proposals, so she settles for a nice, boring-to-her, bacteriologist named Walter at her mother's urging and with her sister's grand wedding on the horizon. Walter and Kitty depart to Hong Kong where he is posted, and Kitty begins an affair. Once Walter realizes it, he insists that Kitty accompany him to the Chinese countryside where a cholera epidemic is raging. How's that for revenge?
The characters gave me all the feels. I wanted to drop-kick Kitty at times for her selfishness, though she was undoubtedly a product of the time period. She still didn't have to be such a snot to Walter. Ultimately, I did see a great deal of dynamic change in these characters over the course of the book, though Kitty's ultimate AHA moment came far later than I'd anticipated.
Moranthology by Caitlin Moran is a follow-up to How To Be a Woman, which I loooved, and it's a collection of columns she's written over the years. Given that all the pieces are short, this is a compulsively readable book full of Moran's signature humor, heart, and enough clever observations to keep it light but meaningful. I especially loved the opening of each section...some ridiculous conversation between her and her husband, often while he is trying to go to sleep at night and Moran can't shut her brain down.
While I'm not usually one for pop culture essays, I did really love her reviews and observations about one of my favorite shows...Sherlock! And I was also oddly drawn to a piece on Lady Gaga. Who'd have thunk? I can trust Moran with any topic...from binge drinking, to Twitter, or squirrels' testicles. That's saying something.
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