March has not been as I planned. I have had influenza then gastric flu for four weeks! Everything has been cancelled and today I am starting to feel “normal”. It has left me feeling weak, vulnerable and old!! Lots of rebuilding physically and emotionally to do but Spring is blossoming so I have time. Apologies to those bloggers who have submitted interesting posts that I intend to comment on later.
One thing I have managed to do now I am recovering is read so I have decided to submit a book review that I think you might be interested in. A friend recommended this book knowing I am not normally a fan of short stories. Reader, I Married Him edited by Tracy Chevalier is a collection of twenty one stories by different writers, some I have read work by previously others unknown. The writers took the final line of the famous book by Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre and their response to the novel is the impetus for their stories. The result is a mix of different scenarios, countries and plots. The short story format influences the context and action of each one. The discipline required to present just enough information must be intense and the gaps imply must so much for the reader to consider and assume. I have read Jane Eyre at various stages of my life from teenager through young woman and now an older woman but I am always surprised by the inner strength both Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte exhibit in their situations. Life as a Victorian woman writer was difficult, she and her sisters first published under false male names, but through these women generations of writers and readers have triumphed. Read this book and maybe it will inspire some you to new heights. As always I will be interested in your comments.
During this month Peter, my husband, has been amazing despite having flu for a week and I am glad “Reader, I married him”!
I wish all of you a very Happy Easter, with chocolates treats if you want them! Next month I hope to be back on top form.
Here is the link to the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015EXDQJO/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1