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Bobcat and Other Stories
Rebecca Lee
Progress: 107/207 pages
The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History
Robert Darnton
Duncan the Wonder Dog
Adam Hines
Reading by Lightning - Joan Thomas I was frequently blown away by Thomas' use of language and the books general smartness. Told almost entirely from Lily's point of view (there are a couple of sections that tell the story of her father's arrival in Canada that provide a break from Lily) I felt that the novel's energy was hampered by Lily's inability(?) to emotionally (and to a certain extent intellectually) engage with the people that surround her. Even the England section were Lily is seemingly happy is restrained. I wonder if maybe the control over the language and the ideas did in the overall development of the novel? Nonetheless, I thought it a stellar read, if for the language alone, and will recommend it to others.