Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Snippet

In last week's 'Sunday Snippet', I said that I wasn't sure about my latest read 'Falling' by Elizabeth Jane Howard. However, now that I have reached
the halfway point in this novel, I'm enjoying it more. I still think that the main protagonist Henry is a little creepy, but his back story is interesting.

Here's the snippet:

Page 179:'I flipped through the remaining written pages to see whether Jason had been supplanted, but there was no sign of this.'

'Falling'- Elizabeth Jane Howard.

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a good time. Thankfully the weather here has decided to cheer up. It's still cold, but at least it's not raining.

Happy Sunday!


  1. Interesting what you think about the male protagonist... If you read Elizabeth Jane Howard's memoir, Slipstream, it's clear she knows what she's about when it comes to tricky men - Kingsley Amis et al!

    She's a good writer though, isn't she?

  2. Thanks for the recommendation. Once I've finished 'Falling' I might seek out 'Slipstream'.

    I think she is a good writer. So far, I like the way in which she can go from the present day to things of the past, without jarring the flow of her writing.

  3. I interviewed the author for a book I am writing about the extraordinary cultural heritage of coastal Suffolk. Even in her late eighties, her bearing is amazingly strong, despite being cripped with arthritis. I admire her for turning an embarrassing personal and very traumatic incident in her life into a very readable novel which will be a warning to others. I remain a great fan of her work and her fund of stories about the vast number of literary and artistic people that she has known in her long lifetime and her ability to recall some notable experiences I found very impressive. You will be able to read about some of these when the book is published. One memorable feature of my visit was a walk around a small island she owns on a Suffolk river. It was a wonderfully sunny morning and I was full of admiration at the sight of literally thousands of Spring bulbs in full bloom. These, together with some magnificent flowering shrubs, are the result of all the efforts she had put into the project over a twenty year perios when she was far more active than she is now.

  4. How fascinating! I haven't actually read anything by Elizabeth Jane Howard before, but I'd be interested in reading more of her work. Your insight of the author herself, is really interesting.

    Good luck with the writing and be sure to post a comment on here, when your book is published.

  5. Wow! Some comments! Read on, Spangle ... it is well worth it. Peter, I look forward to your book with interest.

  6. I have really enjoyed your post and the comments. It's always interesting to read about extraordinary people.

  7. Aguja, I have read more of 'Falling' and I'm now starting to get into it. It's actually rather gripping.

    Olga thanks for the comment. One of the reasons why I love writing for this blog, is because I can continuously discover new authors. Also the blog enables me to read the comments of so many interesting people.