Reading notes, week 8

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DNF: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. I joined a slap-up IRC book club that’s reading it for February. I tried! And tried! I thought it only needed perseverance but it became more and more of a chore. Is this what reading is like for people who feel that reading is virtuous so they should do it, but don’t really like it?

February 24: 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie. I thought we had it on paper but couldn’t find it, but it seems to have come into the public domain so it was easily downloadable. There’s also a Joan Hickson film of it; I’ll see if it’s in the Joan Hickson Miss Marple collection we’ve got. I wish Agatha Christie had written a whole series about Lucy Eyelesbarrow! She’s better than Miss Marple.

February 22: The Lacquer Screen by Robert van Gulik. I started The Willow Pattern first but it’s set in an epidemic and that wasn’t what I wanted. It scratched my Judge Dee itch (no idea why I had it) but it’s not one of the most memorable.

Index of reading notes is here.

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