This month was a leaner month reading-wise: two novels and one photography book. I guess it makes the blog post shorter!
I’d received the fantastic Magnum Legacy book of Bruce Davidson’s photography (ISBN 978-3-7913-8135-0 and 192 pages) by Vicki Goldberg for a Christmas present and had put it aside. This series which started in 2016 with Eve Arnold is exemplary – combining extensive biographical material, personal input from the photographer and family and lavish illustration from the Magnum archive of his work. A true great in late 20th century photography!
The first novel of May was The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (ISBN 978-0099740919, 320 pages).
I’d bought this a few weeks ago in an Amazon sale as a Kindle title. This was a great read (if a near-future dystopian tale can be said to be that). Luckily I finished it shortly before the TV series started on Channel 4.
The second novel is one from my list of Graham Greene unread titles, Burnt Out Case (ISBN 978-0099478430, 192 pages). This has all the classic Greene hallmarks: Catholicism, guilt, infidelity and male characters in remote geographic locations struggling with inner demons but with an added dash of architecture and leprosy. A good read though.
Total pages for the month: 704
Total pages read for 2017 so far 6,656