Author New To You:
Chiam Potok: The Chosen
I found The Chosen to be a difficult read, not that it was wordy or inaccessible but that I found the themes at once intriguing and disturbing. The story is very masculine and focuses on the relationship between two fathers and their sons. It was a harsh read and the ending seemed somewhat incomplete; I was looking for some reconciliation.
A book that scares you
Henry James: The Turn of The Screw
I originally choose Les Miserables and got to page 868 before calling it quits. So I decided to try another book to complete the category. After reading Mrs. Aldertree’s review, I picked The Turn of The Screw It was excellent, two weeks later I’m still pondering this exquisite tale by Henry James.
A Classic Crime
A. A. Milne: Red House Mystery
I choose Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne mostly because I was delightfully surprised to find that this book existed at all! I knew Milne was a playwright but I didn’t realize he also wrote novels. The Red House Mystery was a fun read, filled with witty dialogue and humor, I also enjoyed all the Sherlock Holmes references having finally read some Sherlock earlier this year. Not a serious read at all, I found it to be a bit of a satire on the whole murder mystery novel phenomenon.
Evelyn Waugh: Brideshead Revisited
Brideshead Revisted was worth the reread. Reading it again I found myself ready to love the characters, the plot, the dialogue, the imagery all the more. It is a beautiful book about God’s grace and the unusual ways He pours it out to us even when we resist. I realized it was more than a story of a soul, it was a story of many souls. Some resisting grace despite their longings to be With God, others trying to accept it. As I read the last few pages of the book a verse I pray often when anxious came to me again:
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
The perfect book with which to end the year.
-Mrs. Karl T. Cooper, Jr.