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Yes, Dickens has so many superb sentences and micro vignettes in all his novels. Bleak House, turgid as they come, has some brilliant passages describing the house as if it was a living breathing character. I have read Great Expectations a few times along with the various reincarnations of Magwitch in Australian literature as the philanthropic convict. Unforgettable characters, not least because they are so much larger than life,looming archetypes for a child at bedtime.
I know all the writers Rushdie mentioned and many, many more. Old Drift is the first novel of its kind to come out of Zambia (once part of the Federation of the Rhodesias and Nyasaland), a retelling and deconstructing of colonial myths, but I'm also looking forward to Petina Gappah's Out of Darness, Shining Light which tells the story of David Livingstone's missionary journeys through the eyes of his black companions and guides. I'm sure you've read Chimamanda Agozi Ndichie from Nigeria, perhaps the most gifted and accessible of these writers. And I love Marlene van Niekerk's Agaat (published in the UK as Among the Women) set in my corner of southern Africa and an experimental literary tour de force.
I'll take a look at some of these, I haven't actually read too many African authors.
I have been reading a number of Vietnamese authors, memoirs and fiction to see the "other" side of that story.
I also recently read Flower Drum Song by by CY Lee - not a great novel but an interesting picture of San Francisco Chinatown in the 50s with all Chinese characters.
Yes, there are some great Vietnamese and Asian writers emerging with a very different perspective on the conflicts of the 1960s. I like the poetry of Ocean Vuong.
You didn't tell me Peter Acroyd's biography of Dickens was a thousand pages long! I wish I could have gotten it on my Kindle.
Oh sorry, Brian, mea culpa! I'd forgotten.
Um, do tell me how you find it once the crick of neck strain and elbow ache wears off.
This won't be bedtime reading.
Just popping in here to send festive greetings to regulars and those lurking.
May we all have a sober and peaceful 2020
xMary in Africa
Thanks Mary, best wishes to all.
Coming back here to bookmark an entry for the beginning of another year, 2020.
Posting a link to a NYT article: this was posted on a mailing list by Craig Whalley and leading to some discussion by women who had spent time in AA or who need better models of non-hierarchical. recovery