Latest readings n.2


In the last three weeks these were the books I read. For one book I was very lucky and for the other two not so much. Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan Years ago I read Loving Frank, the first book written by this author. I really love her writing and her stories. Under the Wide and Starry Sky is the story of Fanny van de Grift Osbourne and Robert Louis Stevenson. I didn't know much about his life and his health problems, for example. What I like very much about Nancy Horan is that she is able to put together so well real facts with fiction. In this case she was helped by the big amount of letters that Robert Louis Stevens had written during his life. If you are like me and you like to know more about writers and their life, this is a great book to read and even if you are not interested by the fact that one of the characters is a famous writer, you will enjoy this book really much. The Fry Chronicles, by Stephen Fry This is the second book that Stephen Fry wrote about his life. I've read the first one, Moab is my washpot, a year ago and I liked it very much. I was curious about this second book, I wanted to once again read the brilliant writing of Stephen Fry, but this was not a good reading. I'm sad to say this, but I really didn't like it. At the beginning I was intrigued, in this book Fry tells about his years in college and the first years when he started to work in theater and television. For me the difference between the first book and this one is that in this one I'm not able to see the real person who's telling the story. It's his autobiography so, when all I can read are names after names of famous people I'm not impressed, this is not what is interesting for me when I read a book like this. Down and Out in Paris and London, by George Orwell Again, another book that I didn't like too much. This is the memoir of George Orwell before he became a famous author. He was poor and he describes the underworld society of where he was living. I can imagine how this book was important at that time and to him to find his voice and writing, but after about a hundred pages, I wasn't too much impressed by it.  

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