The current reading material is a novel loaned to me by Christopher’s father Paul. Vindication is a novelized telling of the great feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft‘s life. Paul recently read this novel for his book group. He has a very good sense of what I enjoy reading and asked if I’d like to borrow it after the book group review night.
It’s a good but quite dark book thus far. Right up my alley – realistic portrayal of women’s lives.
While I’m not a well educated woman (a college drop-out who simply wasn’t prepared for college at the high school I attended) as Chris has noted, I am fairly well read. I usually roll my eyes when he says this but I’m starting to feel much better about the compliment (and it’s woefully difficult for me to believe compliments since I know most are just lip service). Several times the author, Frances Sherwood, has referred to other novels, classics, usually during dialogue. Mary Wollstonecraft (the fictional character) laments at one point of becoming like Moll Flanders, and I immediately knew the reference to the book and the meaning of her fear. I love when that happens.
During breakfast this morning I decided that while I have several novels lined up in my queue that I refused to postpone, I would very much like to make 2010 my year for the classics. What suggestions do you, Dear Readers, have for me? Classic fiction – classic non-fiction – biographies of historical figures (particularly writers and artists) – I’m open. Don’t be shy – list your recommendations in the comment section below – and thank you!