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THE MORMONS & NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL


I have to confess I’m fascinated by the American Mormon polygamists. I read Carolyn Jessup’s  account of her escape from a fundamentalist sect – yuck. I read David Ebershoff’s third novel, The 19th Wife — Brigham Young’s history updated. Then I read Brady Udall’s entertaining novel The Lonely Polygamist and actually felt a spark of sympathy for the hapless man, whose unruly tribe of children rang rings round him. Literally. I watched  a season of the TV series Sister Wives about the Brown family with their poster boy dad, Kody Brown (nuff said) and now I’m watching National Geographic’s documentary series Meet the Polygamists, which chronicles the lives of fundamentalist Mormons living in a small, remote town in Utah. The desert scenery is spectacular, the town itself is uninspiring, and I notice nobody appears to do any *gardening – I suppose when you’re coping with meals and laundry for 22 people you don’t have the time for inessential extras. But a life without flowers has got to be a dreary existence, don’t you think?  However, apart from this minor quibble, the people involved appear to be genuinely devoted to their religious ideals, and there’s no abuse of women and under-age girls. The participants are at great pains to emphasise that their life style is a voluntary choice.  Hmm. No accounting for peoples’ notions.

*Since writing this post, I saw another episode which explained that the water supply for the town was tainted at source by minerals and unfit for drinking; all the water had to be imported from clean, safe sources elsewhere.

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A YEAR IN READING – 2012 – BEST/WORST etc


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BEST READS OF 2012 – Fiction

  • The Garden of Evening Mists –  Tan Twan Eng
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry –  Rachel Joyce
  • The Glass Castle – Janette Walls
  • The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint –  Brady  Udall
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger MotherAmy Chua
  • Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami
  • Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson
  • The Cat’s Table –  Michael Ondaatjie
  • My Brother’s Book – Jo-Anne Richards
  • Pops and the Nearly dead –  Edyth Bulbring

 

Non-Fiction

SURPRISINGLY ENJOYAB LE

  • Restoration –  Rose Tremain
  • 29 Gifts – Cami Walker
  • A Wild Herb Soup – Life of a French Countrywoman, by Emilie Carles

MOST DISAPPOINTING READS OF 2012

  • When Hoopoe Went to Heaven – Gail Goodwin
  • Lightning Rods –   Helen de Witt

JUST AWFUL

Amrita –  Banana Yamamoto

The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobsen

WHAT POSSESSED ME TO BUY THIS? ? From Elvish to Klingon – Michael Adams

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Cover of Kafka on the Shore

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BEST READS : 2011


1.  Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern – Best Book of 2011

  • Zoo City – Lauren Beukes
  • A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
  • The Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood
  • Dirt Music – Tim Winton
  • River of Smoke – Amitav Ghosh
  • The Lonely Polygamist – Brady Udall
  • Rancid Pansies – James Hamilton Patterson
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson
  • The Last Resort – Douglas Rogers

Choosing only ten books for the past year’s Best Reads is difficult.  Do you only include the books that kept you feverishly turning the pages into the early hours?

Do you put in the books that you absolutely loved, and wanted to read all over again, the moment you reached those words THE END ?

Do you confine yourself to novels and exclude the non-fiction? My number 10 is non-fiction, although it was a difficult, uncomfortable book to read.

Do you include the magical fantasies that paint dark pictures of dystopian societies, future times, other worlds?

Do you include the historical novels that carry you back through the centuries?

Do you put in the stories that made you laugh – or cry – uninhibitedly?

The answer to all of the above is YES, you do.

As you can see, I had a rich and varied year of reading in 2011.  I hope yours was a good a reading year as mine was, and I wish all of you a 2012 crammed full of more fabulous books!  Read on, and enjoy.

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