Have just finished Ursula K LeGuin’s novel “The Dispossessed”. A more beautiful and well constructed adult novel I cannot imagine. Bursting with ideas about society and language. I will need to read it a few more times before I get close to understanding much of it.
I’ve not had a working keyboard for my Mac for a fortnight (my own fault as I cleaned the old one with a wet wipe and messed up the underside of the keys). Now I have a cheap Windows keyboard which works well enough for me, I’m back on the inter web.
I finished “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell” and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve also begun reading Ursula K LeGuin’s “The Dispossessed” which is one of the most intelligent novels I have ever read (IMHO) and sure to become my most favourite adult novel. It seems to me that in Shevek’s struggling to complete his theory of Simultaneity that UKLG is trying to finalise her ideas about “anarchy” and “archy.”
I spent a day and a half travelling to and back from York where we’d returned eldest son for the new University year Friday / Saturday. I had time to trawl the book shops which is always a pleasure. I was also able to grab a tiny bit of time outside the Minster to gaze and take a few pictures. York really is a lovely and inspiring city and a big part of me would dearly love to live there but Wales is just as beautiful in its own way.
Managed to finally get a copy of “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell” by Susanna Clarke, “The Dispossessed” by Ursula K. Le Guin and (wonderfully) the “Snow Spider” trilogy by Jenny Nimmo. I’m tempted to rant on (the cliche) about how children’s books are so often better written than adults’ but I won’t – I’ll save it for another time.
So, that’s my reading sorted for the next few weeks / months with perhaps some Guy Maupassant ghost stories scattered in between.
Time to stop blabbering on and post some pictures.
I’m also compelled to say that my new school class is ACE.
I spent a good hour and a half in the Band Box store in Risca, Newport, Wales this morning. A good selection of good guitars and accessories that is growing. Had a great conversation with the owner Pete about guitars and stuff. I’ll visit the store as regularly as I am able.
I’ve enjoyed the summer break and having the time to post fairly regularly on WordPress (and Twitter) but now it’s back to work. I have to plan the coming term’s work for my school class and get all of the resources ready.
Thanks to everybody who visited this summer, special thanks to everybody who took the time to comment and extra special thanks to those people who took the time to be part of a conversation.
I’ve nearly finished reading book five of six from the “Earthsea saga” (the last one I have to read) and I have to say that it is the one I have enjoyed the most – and it’s fairly obvious how much I’ve loved the rest!
It’s a set of short stories and an extended article about the ‘history’ of Earthsea.
“The Finder”, “Darkrose and Diamond” and “The Bones of the Earth” are wonderfully told narratives. The strangest of the three and perhaps the most beautiful in its resolution is the third. It’s also the history of the mage Ogion, that we first meet in the initial book in the series – “The Wizard of Earthsea”.
I’ve almost completed reading “On the High Marsh” and am looking forward to “Dragonfly” that serves as an introduction to “The Other Wind”.
It’s been a fantastic reading adventure that has left a lasting impression on me, given me food for thought and lots of idea for musical composition and visual artwork.