Spending 2019 with Gilbert & George

All of this began as literary methadone to come off of the BBC production of Sherlock. I wasn’t ready to for the series to end (series 5 isn’t even filming) and so I turned to Arthur Conan Doyle’s original works by downloading the entire Sherlock Holmes collection. It pacified my cravings and I feel reading the older works by one of the best helps me as a writer by expanding my horizons. I also got to experience London in the late 1800s from someone who was there.

It’s taken me ages but I’m nearly finished with it. Now, my addiction has transferred to English writers from 100 years ago. Luckily, there are many options to feed my Anglophile literature problem. Keeping with the theme of compilations, I’ve turned to Gilbert and George. I haven’t met them yet or read any of their writings, but I think we’ll be on a first name basis before too long.

Gilbert, or G.K. Chesterton as his name appears on the cover of his books, has been on my mind since my other favorite BBC program of a character he created, Father Brown. I’m excited to read the original Father Brown stories and branch out into his other nonfiction works like, “What I Saw in America.” He is a Christian writer and I can’t wait to get his slant on life by comparing and contrasting it with today’s world. The book contains plays, nonfiction, fiction, and essays – at a little over 6,000 pages, it should hold me for awhile.

George, known better as George Orwell, is the other. 1984 has been on my list for ages, and with the way America’s government has decided to off-road in a minivan in recent times, I am looking forward to his thoughts from the past. His other titles also intrigued me – “Down and Out in Paris and London” sounds like something directly up my alley.

I plan to comsume vast amounts of tea as I jump feet first into the past with these two English blokes and their perspectives. 

I wouldn’t wait up if I were you, but I’ll leave a light on.

Writing Challenge Day 8: A book you love and one you didn’t

While my all time favorite author is Clive Cussler (love me some adventure), I recently got turned onto Charles Todd, the author of The Bess Crawford Mysteries. These books take place in England during World War 1 and through his writing I am transported back in time. It’s like a time travel vacation as I fall down the rabbit hole of these chapters. Superb writing, characters, story line, plot twists – I can’t say enough good things about it! I’ve read the first two books in the series and I’m about to start the third as soon as I get some other non-fiction reading out of the way.

It is very unusual for me to stop reading a book because I don’t like it. Even if it isn’t my cup to tea, I  at least soldier on to finish it. This did not happen with “Confessions” by St. Augustine. I was into it for the first couple of chapters about his early life. Did you know he had a child out of wedlock? But then it just started going on and on and on….and I’m not exactly sure what it was about. I got lost. I wasn’t pulled into the narrative anymore. I found myself skimming and that’s when I knew I had to stop. At this point in my life, there was nothing holding me to the words he wrote. And so, I had to put it down (read: I deleted it off my Kindle).