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View Diary: What are you reading? Aug 21, 2013 (63 comments)

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  •  Well I Swiftly (for me) Read (6+ / 0-)

    an engrossing novel by Antonio Garrido, The Corpse Reader. It's historical fiction based on the real life character, Ci Song, aka the Father of Forensic Medicine, who lived during the Tsong Dynasty in 12th C. China.

    At first I thought the book was going to be a bit amateurish, but as I read on I appreciated the research involved more and more.  Garrido has a good handle on customs, culture, politics, and quotidain life of the time and place he writes about.  Admittedly, he is not a polished writer.  His dialogue skills fall short when his characters express themselves in too modern syntax to be believable.  And his pace makes the main character's woes read a bit like The Perils of Pauline, he swiftly inserts so much trouble on top of trouble.  However, I've come away feeling it was a worthwhile read.

    Just downloaded from my public library two juicy books:

    Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie
    and
    The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng.  I enjoyed his The Gift of Rain so much, that I've long wanted to get my hands on this novel.  Now I have!

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    by Limelite on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 11:46:31 AM PDT

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