Book and Film Challenge Update


Book number 57 was Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith. This novel centers around the inhabitants and their friends and relatives of a building of flats called Corduroy Mansions in the Pimlico section of London. We meet William, a wine merchant and his son Eddie whom he is desperately trying to get to move out of the flat and get a job and live his own life at age 24. We also meet a group of girls who are flatmates; there are four of them: Dee, Jo, Jenny, and Caroline. Through Jenny’s employer, we are introduced to Barbara Ragg, the girlfriend of her employer, who has had just about enough of him, and also his mother, a psychoanalyst who is writing a biography of him and telling the world just what has gone wrong with her son. Through the mother, we meet her sweet but not too bright brother who lives in the country. And finally we meet Freddie de la Hay, a Pimlico Terrier, who is now involved in a dog sharing plan with a journalist and lives part-time with William and his current flatmate (after ousting Eddie) Marcia. We become concerned about all these characters and will continued to be concerned with their lives since this is the first of the Corduroy Mansion novels. It is a very English and very enjoyable novel indeed. Fifty-seven down, 43 to go.

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I am a "youngish" grandmother of 15 year old twin granddaughter who has recently (is a year "recent"?) adopted Islam as my way of life, much to the consternation of my family. I love to read. I love to write. I am writing a book about my decision to revert, about my spiritual journey. I have another blog about stories from my youth, my parents, and grandparents. It's a blog so my OCD daughter will not be able to throw it out when I die. I suffer from depression and anxiety, for which I am treated, so my posts may be a bit dark at times. C'est la vie.
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