Sunday, September 21, 2008
First Sunday Salon
This is my first Sunday Salon! N and the boys went out this morning and left me to my books. I've been reading Monica Ali's Brick Lane all morning and I'm loving it so far. Both the book and the alone time!
I can't remember the last time I was able to curl up on the sofa and read without distraction. It feels like such a luxury that I keep getting up and wandering into the kitchen to check on the laundry or tidying up the living room because I'm not used to spending time for just me. Then I stop myself and go back to my book.
I watched the film adaptation of Brick Lane recently and quite enjoyed it, but I was disappointed that I hadn't read the book when I watched it because I didn't feel like I was grasping all the subtleties of the film. I didn't fully understand about the sister or what 'girl from the village' implied. In the book, the sister's letters are slowly me down but I can't wait get back to it.
Has anyone read both Brick Lane and Ali's other book, Alentejo Blue? How do the two compare?