I really liked THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It’s very bookish & set in Barcelona. And, if at the end of the book you are wondering about the characters, Zafon has three more novels in the series and you can actually read the books in any order.
Tori, feel better and take care.
Loved the pages by Hugh and Leo!
To Tori: I adored a now obscure 1947 John Steinbeck novel called “The Wayward Bus.” Yes, it is a mid-20th-century male PPOV, but it is a surprisingly sex-positive one. Many many pages consist of a series of perceptive, critical, sometimes loving and consistently extraordinary character-sketches embedded into the novel, like brilliant notes. It is unlike other Steinbecks. I also recommend, like so many others before me, the early, shorter novels by Harouki Murakami — “Norwegian Wood,” and “South of the Border, West of the Sun’ come immediately to mind. Also, the early short stories, and the somewhat later gem “After The Quake.” The more minor “Sputnik Sweetheart”also delighted me. Your description of relishing a novel and slowing down for the end reminded me of “The Accidental Tourist” by Anne Tyler. (Much much better than her other books! In my opinion at least.) — D. Gewertz
Dan, I’m so glad you loved The Music Shop too. I’m reading it again. I liked your comments on Wayward Bus too and will track down a copy. I was intrigued by your recollection about concerts and Jimi Hendrix. After I read that I popped in my Woodstock 8 track. I have read some Anne Tyler books but only really got into The Accidental Tourist. I guess with covid still keeping us home, he must rely on books, typewriters and movies. Am bingeing all the old Perry Mason shows this week. Sure wish they had been in color. The 50s & 60s were so colorful. Stay safe & healthy!
Linda Rockey aka Ask the Mayo Patient (need to fix that so it shows my name)