Books read here – and films seen here. Not many in either category. Was distracted in January by life; have read a lot since, but very unfocussed: starting lots of things. Current reading on the left could just as well be replaced by an entirely different list or two of exactly the same length.
- Vasco Pratolini, Florentine writer. It’s remarkable how similar in structure Family Chronicle is to Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing: i.e. a sibling narrates the life of a younger sibling, who has died young (early 20s), in chronological order, in the second-person singular. The differences are that Pratolini doesn’t impose an unreasonable stream-of-consciousness on his narrative and clearly places the time in which the novel is being written – in the manner of someone who has clearly thought about how their story is constructed. It’s interesting (and short), but nothing more than that.
- Seems I’m unlikely to finish Casanova this year, now that I’m already a volume behind schedule – not that I was ever expecting to. I might read a few more volumes before commenting on it (because I suspect it’ll be much the same all the way through).