TBR Thursday 159…

Episode 159…

Another amazing fall of a whole 1 in the TBR this week – down to 219! I really think I’m beginning to get into the swing of this!

Here are a few more that will swing my way soon…

Classics Club

I stuck this in the sci-fi section of my Classics Club list, though I’m not convinced it really fits there. It’s hailed as a feminist classic and since I’m not generally a fan of books that get classified as feminist literature, I have my doubts as to how I’ll get on with it. But there’s only one way to find out…

The Blurb says: A prominent turn-of-the-century social critic and lecturer, Charlotte Perkins Gilman is perhaps best known for her short story The Yellow Wallpaper, a chilling study of a woman’s descent into insanity, and Women and Economics, a classic of feminist theory that analyses the destructive effects of women’s economic reliance on men.

In Herland, a vision of a feminist utopia, Gilman employs humour to engaging effect in a story about three male explorers who stumble upon an all-female society isolated somewhere in South America. Noting the advanced state of the civilization they’ve encountered, the visitors set out to find some males, assuming that since the country is so civilized, “there must be men.” A delightful fantasy, the story enables Gilman to articulate her then-unconventional views of male-female roles and capabilities, motherhood, individuality, privacy, the sense of community, sexuality, and many other topics.

Decades ahead of her time in evolving a humanistic, feminist perspective, Gilman has been rediscovered and warmly embraced by contemporary feminists. An articulate voice for both women and men oppressed by the social order of the day, she adeptly made her points with a wittiness often missing from polemical writings.

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Vintage Crime

Courtesy of the British Library. I loved Verdict of Twelve by the same author, so have high hopes for this one…

The Blurb says: One bleak Friday evening in January, 1942, Councillor Henry Grayling boards an overcrowded train with £120 in cash wages to be paid out the next day to the workers of Barrow and Furness Chemistry and Drugs Company. When Councillor Grayling finally finds the only available seat in a third-class carriage, he realises to his annoyance that he will be sharing it with some of his disliked acquaintances: George Ransom, with whom he had a quarrel; Charles Evetts, who is one of his not-so-trusted employees; a German refugee whom Grayling has denounced; and Hugh Rolandson, whom Grayling suspects of having an affair with his wife.

The train journey passes uneventfully in an awkward silence but later that evening Grayling dies of what looks like mustard gas poisoning and the suitcase of cash is nowhere to be found. Inspector Holly has a tough time trying to get to the bottom of the mystery, for the unpopular Councillor had many enemies who would be happy to see him go, and most of them could do with the cash he was carrying. But Inspector Holly is persistent and digs deep into the past of all the suspects for a solution, starting with Grayling’s travelling companions. Somebody at the Door, first published in 1943, is an intricate mystery which, in the process of revealing whodunit, “paints an interesting picture of the everyday life during the war.”

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Fiction

Courtesy of NetGalley. I requested this one purely based on the blurb and the fact that it would fit neatly into my Around the World challenge, but since then I’ve seen several not-so-glowing reviews and my enthusiasm has waned quite a bit. However, these things are always subjective to a degree at least, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. It’s also one of my favourite covers of the year so far…

The Blurb says: The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country.

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice—she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

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Christie on Audio

Still thoroughly enjoying listening to some of the Agatha Christie books narrated by the wonderful Captain Hastings himself, Hugh Fraser. I haven’t read this book in years so have only a sketchy memory of the plot…

The Blurb says: As instructed, stenographer Sheila Webb let herself into the house at 19 Wilbraham Crescent. It was then that she made a grisly discovery: the body of a dead man sprawled across the living-room floor.

What intrigued Poirot about the case was the time factor. Although in a state of shock, Sheila clearly remembered having heard a cuckoo clock strike 3.00. Yet, the four other clocks in the living room all showed the time as 4.13. Even more strange: only one of these clocks belonged to the owner of the house.

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NB All blurbs and covers taken from Goodreads or Audible.

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So…what do you think? Do any of these tempt you?

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40 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 159…

  1. Oh, The Clocks! The Clocks! A brilliant book and narrated by Our Friend Hugh. What could be better? Of course, Somebody At The Door sounds brilliant – the blurb already has me hooked 🙂 Not sure about Tangerine and Herland reminds me of the bit in Carry On Up The Jungle where they find the all-female tribe 😀

    • I can barely remember The Clocks so it’ll be fun! Ah, what would I do without Our Dear Friend Hugh? Life would be so dull! Hahaha – I wish I’d thought of that and just watched Carry On Up the Jungle instead of reading the book – I’m pretty sure it’d be more fun… *hides from the feminist hordes*

      • Life wouldn’t be worth living without Our Dear Friend Hugh!
        Carry On Up The Jungle has many great feminist moments. Although I could be misunderstanding feminism , seeing as they don’t seem to know what they want these days… *hides from hordes also*

    • Hahaha – I spend way too much time watching pratfall gifs these days – I’m sure it can’t be healthy! I’ll need to do better with the TBR just so I can have some nice success gifs instead… 😉

  2. I really hope you’ll like Somebody at the Door, FictionFan. And I’m glad you mentioned that one because I do want to read Verdict of Twelve, so I appreciate the reminder. And I wonder how The Clocks will be on audio. It’s got some interesting twists in it, although, if I’m being honest, it’s not my top Christie. I’ll be interested in what you think.

    • I hope I will, although everything makes me think Verdict of Twelve is considered to be his best. I can barely remember The Clocks, which probably means I wasn’t hugely impressed by it – the ones I loved I tended to read over and over. But I’ve been enjoying Hugh Fraser’s readings so much that I suspect that will help me to get past any plot disappointment… here’s hoping!

  3. So, The Clocks is a book that I read years ago. It definitely tempts me on audio. And I also want to try Tangerine. I agree that the cover is great, but I think I read somewhere that it doesn’t really apply to the story. Regardless…

    • I love these Hugh Fraser readings so I’m confident I’ll enjoy The Clocks. Tangerine still intrigues me, but not as much as it did before reviews started coming out. But it will still tick off a location on my world tour, so fingers crossed!

  4. Ooh, The Clocks sounds wonderful … Somebody at the Door also sounds intriguing. The other two? Not so much, thank goodness. But FF, that meme is hilarious (though I ache for that poor girl!)

    • Those are the two that appeal most to me this week too. I can barely remember The Clocks so that will be fun! Hahaha – I seem to be spending too much time looking for gifs of people having disasters these day – it can’t be good for me! Must try to be more successful with the TBR… 😉

  5. I read Herland when it was republished in the late seventies? early eighties? – anyway at a time when quite a few books by female authors were being rediscovered. I don’t know if enjoy is quite the word I would use, but I certainly found it interesting.
    I always mix The Clocks up with the Seven Dials Mystery – a reread of both might be in order.

    • I enjoyed The Yellow Wallpaper, but this one sounds very different. It’s one of the few that I kinda regret putting on my Classics Club list, but maybe it’ll surprise me! I can barely remember either of them, so maybe I should see if Hugh Fraser has narrated The Seven Dials Mystery too…

  6. I have Herland on my shelves (well, it’s a book that includes Herland and a few additional stories) and will be reading it this year! I’ve read The Yellow Wallpaper and was so fascinated by Gilman’s writing that I picked up that book when I saw it in a bookstore.

    • I loved The Yellow Wallpaper too, and when I saw another blogger review Herland and realised it was the same author, I stuck it on my TBR. It sounds very different though, doesn’t it? I hope we both enjoy it… 😀

    • Yes, I still like the blurb but the early reviews have dampened my enthusiasm. But since I nearly always disagree with everyone else anyway, I should maybe take lukewarm reviews as a sign I’ll love it… 😉

    • I’m still hopeful but I was surprised at how lukewarm a lot of the reviews have been. Mind you, I never seem to agree with everyone else, so maybe I’ll think it’s wonderful! 😉

  7. Predictably, I am tempted by the Agatha Christie and the vintage crime classic, however I also really like the sound of Tangerine, so I hope it doesn’t disappoint! Happy reading!

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