Sunday Salon: Not Quite Reading
But I came here to tell you what I am reading now; but really what I am doing is a combination of listening and watching as I wait for a couple of books I've ordered to arrive through my letterbox.
The listening is an audiobook 'The Castle' by J Robert Lennon, which was published by Graywolf Press and converted to audio by Iambick and read by Mark Nelson.
A man has bought a rambling old house in the place where he grew up. There are mysteries that are slowly uncovered: why is he there, what happened to his mother and father, and what is the significance of the piece of land that nicks a quadrangle from his back yard, and why is the name of the previous owner crossed out? It is completely absorbing and I spent a very happy seven hours on the train yesterday listening to the story slowly unfold. I am looking forward to hearing more.
Iambick books contacted me to find out if I'd like to sample their books and report back, and although I don't normally respond to these sorts of requests these days, I am very happy to do so in this case. They work well and are of excellent quality - the price is very good too!
As for the watching part - I am still on my Japanese run, and last saw another film by Yasujiro Ozu : the Flavour of Green Tea over Rice. This was lightly comic and very charming. A couple in 1950s Japan have a somewhat sterile arranged marriage built on lies. A young niece makes them question the validity of their relationship and the ending is unexpected. The acting was subtle and effective, and the action was just as slow and satisfying as the other Ozu films. I just want to see more.