Lake Waban in Massachusetts June 2017

My favorite place to walk in the Boston area

Friday, March 9, 2012

Waiting for Snow (Pamuk) and Elizabeth Bowen

After searching my brain for the book I want to read next, I remembered I had never read the paperback copy of Snow that I bought in 2007. I happily dragged it downstairs (I drag everything while on crutches), opened it, and could have wept. The typeface is so faint and the font so small, I can't possibly endure what it would take to read the 400+ pages. I tried and tried but realized that I'd be missing the gestalt of the whole of each page. Disappointment! So I went online and ordered a used copy of the orginal Knopf hardcover. A wait of about two weeks, I wager.

So I studied German a lot today and I read some more dazzling Heinrich Boll short stories (in English). But I need a novel to fill the gap. And then, just minutes ago, I glimpsed Elizabeth Bowen's The Heat of the Day in a pile at the foot of the opposite end of the couch. I bought it a year ago and never got to it. So I'm off, back to the London Blitz by someone who survived it. Thank goodness. Phew. Being without a book these days makes me desperate!


  1. oh sorry about snow sure you'll love it when you read it I loved a number of his books ,all the best stu

  2. I hope you will like Bowen's novel. I almost chose it for my Literature and War REadalong this year. Maybe next year?
    I just read a fanatstic short story of her, "Summer Night" for Irish Short Story Week. I'll review it this week. It was so well written.

    1. Caroline,
      Thanks for writing!
      I haven't read "Summer Night," so I'll turn to it immediately. I've got a volume of her complete collected short stories. Thanks for the recommendation!