Reading update

Following my post about unread books, I am pleased to announce that I have started reading one of the books previously on the shelf: Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky. Great stuff so far – Nemirovsky has assembled a wonderful cast of (largely appalling) characters – and the opening chapters vividly demonstrate how sudden and unexpected the collapse of France in June 1940 was for its people.

Unfortunately, in tidying the office I also unearthed a further six books which should have been on the shelf and which I’ve now added (both to the shelf and to my post). So that’s a net increase of five books in two days. Not good. 😉

Still, on the plus side, I’m all set for the recession.

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5 Responses to Reading update

  1. J Random Hermeneut says:

    How has “The Road to Reality” been treating you lately?

  2. John H says:

    Finished it. Or it finished me. Either way. 😉

    Don’t ask me to give you a synopsis. I thought I’d basically got the gist when I closed the book for the last time, but now……

  3. J Random Hermeneut says:

    Finished it.

    That’s a pretty exclusive club you belong to there. How many of you are there now, 5, 6..? 🙂

  4. John H says:

    That’s a pretty exclusive club you belong to there. How many of you are there now, 5, 6..?

    I started getting blog comments mixed up with my Twitter feed, and at first glance thought you were referring to the Labour Party…

  5. Hannah says:

    I recently read your post about Irène Némirovsky and wanted to let you know about an exciting new exhibition about her life, work, and legacy that will open on September 24, 2008 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage —A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française, which will run through the middle of March, will include powerful rare artifacts — the actual handwritten manuscript for Suite Française, the valise in which it was found, and many personal papers and family photos. The majority of these documents and artifacts have never been outside of France. For fans of her work, this exhibition is an opportunity to really “get to know” Irene. And for those who can’t visit, there will be a special website that will live on the Museum’s site

    The Museum will host several public programs over the course of the exhibition’s run that will put Némirovsky’s work and life into historical and literary context. Book clubs and groups are invited to the Museum for tours and discussions in the exhibition’s adjacent Salon (by appointment). It is the Museum’s hope that the exhibit will engage visitors and promote dialogue about this extraordinary writer and the complex time in which she lived and died. To book a group tour, please contact Tracy Bradshaw at 646.437.4304 or Please visit our website at for up-to-date information about upcoming public programs or to join our e-bulletin list.

    Thanks for sharing this info with your readers. Please do not hesitate to contact me at: should you need any more information.

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