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Literary Sara

What I've been reading on the trolley. 

Currently reading

Salt Fish Girl: A Novel
Larissa Lai
A Place of Greater Safety
Hilary Mantel
Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career
Elizabeth Hyde Stevens
Moby Dick: or, the White Whale
Herman Melville
The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton

I'm surprised to see I hadn't written a post, though I finished this book several weeks ago. But on second thought, it is a lengthy, densely populated, and intricately constructed book. It wanted digestion.


My prose preferences tend toward prettiness and elegance, and this book is neither, except in the apparatus that holds it together. No, I have no idea what the moons and stars have to do with the plot, but I did appreciate the way the sections and chapters started broad and long and messy, and got steadily shorter and more to the point as the events that brought about the murder mystery became more clear. 

Not completely clear. I still can't tell you what happened. 


All the same, I love a well-wrought historical novel, and this one is rife with detail about a place and time that was previously only known to me through The Piano film.