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August 25, 2005

Dickens and Bird Flu

Sent by Geoff Coupe to Bouphonia's blog on the parallels between Bleak House and the bird flu gradually moving West - Dickens' original title for Bleak House was apparently West Wind.

August 20, 2005

The Corrections

The BATS book this month is Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections. There's some good material on Farnzen's website including a reading guide. I nearly gave up on the book around page 120 but once it got onto Gary and Caroline, still unsure whether it lives up to the hype.

The Magician's Assistant

Had to order this through the library but having enjoyed Patchett's Bel Canto, I wanted to try something else. Again a very interesting novel as two groups of people reach forwards and backwards through the deceased magicians life - strongly recommended!