The April Reading List
Monotony, madness & a dog eye’d view of the human race
April for me is usually when I begin to socialise in parks, pub gardens and dance with friends into the early hours – but seeing as that isn’t possible right now I’ve found myself reading a few books that are reflecting my innermost feelings during this strange old time.
Look forward to one best seller, one devilishly maddening read and a re-read of one of my favourite gifted books. Featuring authors; Sayaka Murata, Mikhail Bulgakov & Paul Auster
1. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
If you need a read to make you a little more thankful for your personal monotony then this is a great place to start.
This book is such a deep dive into a world I do not inhabit one iota of, but I wasn’t mad at it. If anything it was really eye opening to see how one person can make routine their sole purpose in life.
Comforting in places, infuriating in others with a good dose of empathy added in for good measure, (and not too long, either).
No real start and no real end, but a window into the very private life of someone we may not usually encounter.
2. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
As I’m slowly descending into a form of madness myself after spending two months amongst these four walls I thought it apt to take my chances with the Devil in all his various guises.
A dark and twisted tail of a maddening crowd, spiralling through sultry, gluttonous and heady moments with an unnerving tone that always keeps you on the lookout for crafty servants, elusive cats and devils in disguises. You won’t be able to put it down.
This book was an a bit inceptive to me and I needed a day or two to digest it once it was over.
Seriously entertaining and thought provoking.
3. Tibuktu by Paul Auster
This book was gifted to me years ago and I’ve re read it twice now. Everyone has stories that fill them with ease and contentment, like a comforter or favourite teddy and this book is that to me.
Not to be confused with a feel good tale, this story examines loss, family, death and mortality through the eyes of man’s best friend.
Although filled with happy moments, there is an overall sadness, a soothing melancholic tone throughout.
A compelling read steeped in empathy and eye opening moments that make you think deep and hard about the consequences of actions on those around us, human or not.