Some time ago, she sent me this note:
Ken, I appreciate and enjoy your "Reading Blogs." At my present age, I tend to philosophical stories and neglect to appreciate "good stories" written by authors of the Baby Boomer Culture, which I confess is a bit narrow on my part.
Presently I am reading, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco (Italian, what else?).
It's the story of a 60ish rare book dealer in Milan who has suffered loss of memory. He can remember the plots of every book he has ever read, but no longer knows his own name. The last sentence on the book jacket says, "A fascinating, abundant new novel -- wide-ranging, nostalgic, and personal."
The book is interestingly illustrated with color photos of the book covers the main character has read throughout his life. If nothing else, you could relate to the pictures in the book.
I am ever impressed by writing talent.
I've started Doig's Prairie Nocturne.
- The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana from Umberto Eco's web site
- Ian Sansom's review from The Guardian
- A wiki annotation project for Queen Loana