So, reading this for my book group. It’s not my usual reading material: non-fiction, no plot or chronology, written by an eighty-two year-old playwright and Jungian psychologist.
It’s not an autobiography, not even a memoir. It is, according to itself, a notebook containing her observations on age and on society. Rambling. Unstructured. Containing a lifetime of knowledge, experience and opinion ruminated upon in the isolation of age.
It’s essentially a blog. And so far we have considered the nature of evil, humanity and age.
As an example, I’ll leave this snippet which I found quite moving.
2015 has not got off to a good start: illness has struck both me and baby daughter. You can tell if you look around the house that things have not been well: mince pies remain uneaten; the Christmas Cake is still chaste in its virginal icing; my reading pile has not decreased at all after a two week holiday.
I guess debilitating headaches and gripey children have that effect!
Anyway, to prove that I still have a teacherly attitude, I have reduced my reading challenge to a spreadsheet. Colour coded. and I am going to try to embed it here.
Oh! That seemed to work! Cool! Does it update itself as I add to the original Google Docs document? I don’t know.
Instead of trying to pre-fill the grid now, I’m intending to generally read what I want and what is lying around already in my To Be Read pile (certainly to start the year) and then work out where I can slot it in once I’ve finished. I’m hoping not to have to buy or read to many books just to complete the challenge.
I’m also intending to do what a number of people may view as cheating: tick off multiple categories with one book which is why I’ve included at the moment three possible books for each category. Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller is a play, banned and Pulitzer Prize Winner,
As an aide memoire to myself – and which may be of help to others too – these links may give options for some of the categories:
Pulitzer Prize Winners
Banned Books (in the UK)
As I finish each book, I intend to update the spreadsheet with links to my reviews of each book.