Mailbox Monday #6
It's been a sad week for my family as we lost my uncle to cancer. The silver linings is that we will be able to mourn together at the funeral, but that truly is the slimmest of linings. So the song below is for him.
is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. It is hosted weekly over at Mailbox Monday and every Friday they do a round-up of some of their favourite, shared reads!Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon (Merky Books, 06/05/2021)
This book sounds beautiful but horrifying at the same time. I'll maybe need a little bit of time before I can face this one, but I feel like I will probably get a lot from it.
The Antarctica of Love by Sara Stridsberg, trans. by Deborah Bragan-Turner (Quercus Books, 30/09/2021)
I think my recent reading choices may have been prescient. This one will probably also be a difficult read, but it may also be a good way to face certain things!
Painting Time by Maylis de Kerangal, trans. by Jessica Moore (Quercus Books, 13/05/20201)
Behind the ornate doors of 30, rue du Métal in Brussels, twenty students begin their apprenticeship in the art of decorative painting - that art of tricksters and counterfeiters, where each knot in a plank of wood hides a secret and every vein in a slab of marble tells a story.This sounds like such a beautiful book, I adore the set-up of it and it's going to make me long for the days of visiting museum and becoming obsessed with pieces of art. Also, I want to visit the caves of Lascaux so bad....
Among these students are Kate, Jonas and Paula Karst. Together, during a relentless year of study, they will learn the techniques of reproducing materials in paint, whether animal, vegetable or mineral, and the intensity of their experience - the long hours in the studio, the late nights, the conversations, arguments, parties, romances - will cement a friendship that lasts long after their formal studies end.
For Paula, her initiation into the art of will take her back through time, from her own childhood memories, to the ancient formations of the materials whose depiction she strives to master. And from the institute in Brussels where her studies begin, to her work on the film sets of Cinecittà, and finally the caves of Lascaux, her experiences will transcend art, gradually revealing something of her own inner world, and the secret, unspoken, unreachable desires of her heart.
A coming-of-age novel like no other: an atmospheric and highly aesthetic portrayal of love, art and craftsmanship from the acclaimed author of and .
Cecily by Annie Garthwaite (Viking, 29/07/2021)
Something a little different, back to my Historical Fiction! I don't know much about the Wars of the Roses, aside from its outcome, so this will be a nice introduction I hope!