Skip to main content

The Sunday Salon

Another quiet Sunday here, and I’ve spent most of the morning on the couch with a cup of coffee, engrossed in John Meade Falkner’s The Nebuly Coat. Originally published in 1903, it’s a murder mystery of sorts, set in a small English town. My copy is from a company called Valde Books, which publishes rare and out of print titles. I was a little bit apprehensive at first, because the book’s format is a little weird—the margins are unevenly spaced and there are double spaces between paragraphs. But really, in the end that doesn’t matter, because the story is good. Does text font/format matter when you read a book? Or do you not notice?

As for other books I’ve been reading this week, it’s not much; Wolf Hall took up much of the week for me. My review of this Booker-shortlisted novel will be up around the time it’s published in the States, on the 13th. This week I also read The Tangled Thread, the tenth book in the Morland Dynasty series. I do enjoy following the family through English history, but the author sometimes has an annoying habit of stopping the action by having her characters declaim about certain historical events. But nonetheless, the books are enjoyable comfort reading.

What did you read this week?

Comments

Oh, I notice fonts, unless it's a mass market issue of a book. While I can't name fonts off the top of my head, it definitely enriches the reading experience subtly.
debnance said…
Only if the fonts are very, very small. And, thus, irritating.
reviewsbylola said…
Weird formatting can get to me. It breaks my concentration.

Popular posts from this blog

Review: Forever Amber, by Kathleen Winsor

Pages: 972 Originally published: 1944 My edition: 2000 (Chicago Review Press) How I acquired my copy: Amazon.com, 2004

Forever Amber takes place in the 1660s, immediately follwing Charles II's ("the Merry Monarch") return of the Stuarts to the English throne. The book features Amber St. Claire, a young woman who starts out as a sixteen-year-old country girl, naieve to the workings of the world. She immediately meets Bruce Carlton, a dashing young Cavalier, with whom she has a passionate love affair in choppy intervals throughout the book. They have two children together, but Bruce won't marry her for the reason he tells his friend Lord Almsbury: that Amber just isn't the kind of woman one marries.

Upon following Bruce to London, he goes to Virginia, leaving her to fend for herself. What follows is a series of affairs and four marriages, with Bruce coming back from America now and then. Amber's marriages are imprudent: her first husband is a gambler, her second is…

Review: Jane Austen's Letters, ed. by Deirdre Le Faye

Pages: 667 Original date of publication: 2011 My copy: 2011 (Oxford University Press) Why I decided to read: How I acquired my copy: Amazon.com, April 2013
This is a compilation of many of Jane Austen’s letters, most of them sent to her sister Cassandra between 1796 and 1817, the year of her death. Although many of Austen’s letters were destroyed by her sister in order to preserve the family reputation, the collection contains over 160 letters in which Austen gives her sister details about her life in Chawton—as well as giving us a tantalizing glimpse of what was going through her mind as she was writing her novels (especially the novel that was to become Pride and Prejudice, First Impressions). There are other letters here, too, giving advice to her niece and professional correspondence to publishers—as well as a couple of letters that were written by Cassandra Austen after Jane’s death.
To the sisters, the letters acted in the way that phone calls do today; Austen’s news is all about pe…

Review: Midnight in Peking, by Paul French

Pages: 259 Original date of publication: 2013 My copy: 2013 (Penguin) Why I decided to read: How I acquired my copy: Phoenix bookstore, May 2013
In January 1937, the body of a young British girl, Pamela Werner, was found near Peking’s Fox Tower. Although two detectives, one British and the other Chinese, spent months on the case, the case was never solved completely, and the case was forgotten in the wake of the invasion of the Japanese. Frustrated, Pamela’s father, a former diplomat, tried to solve the crime. His investigation took him into the underbelly of Peking society and uncovered a secret that was worse than anything he could have imagined.
At first, I thought that this would be a pretty straightforward retelling of a true crime, but what Paul French (who spent seven years researching the story) reveals in this book is much more than that. Foreign society in Peking in the 1930s was stratified, with the British colonials at the top and the White Russian refugees at the bottom, but…