Hand Me Down World
By Lloyd Jones
Enraptured from the first page. This author will be on my must read list as his style paints word pictures that are clear and yet the tale is opaque enough to add a little mystery.
Story telling by the third person we expect but this is just the second remove and the development of the main character is superb.
Just a touch from each of the influencers in this remarkable journey through life has painted a personality rather than just a physical being. The reader still has no idea what this attractive woman looks like or what her given name is and yet she lives and breathes and is real.
The author paints each of the participants clearly as personalities rather than people and the story hold together extremely well
I hesitate between an all-time high of 8 and 7.5 so take your pick
Page reference Chapter 8 Page 59 is one of many
Par B ‘In this park” to the end of that paragraph.
Many U3A Sunny Coasters will know Joan Benbow from the U3A Lecture she gave about her life nursing in remote communities. She recently released a book about it, A Walkabout Life, launched at Coast Life Midwifery on 22 September 2018. for photos and the notes of Jan Johnston’s speech launching the book.
Robicheaux (you know my name) is James Lee Burke’s latest book. It is a crime novel with many twists and turns, with echoes of the old South and an unfavourable view of politics in the area. James Lee Burke writes beautifully. No wonder he is a best-selling author. Dave Robicheaux is a detective in a Parish near New Orleans, and the narrator of the novel.
Set in northern WA, Dirt Music won the Miles Franklin in 2002 and was short listed for the Booker in the same year. Steve Riley read the book in 2002 and has now reread it. Steve now rates it a 6 but mainly for the sentence by sentence reading pleasure, rather than the story telling. for Steve’s review.
Lindsay Robertson says “An extraordinary story with the raw emotions of the main characters reaching to the heart.”
Steve Riley “enjoyed reading this book from the point of view of the history of that time and place, however .. found the read a bit tedious overall, the story too drawn out. “