Florence’s Book Club: April

Today Rachel is back with more book recommendations and this month it’s a real mixed bag of a classic, current literature and a book for Mums and fans of social commentary. As always we love to hear if you have read anything particularly good recently or have your eye on anything. Just drop us a comment in the comments box!

The Parasites by Daphne Du Maurier

This was recommended to me by my Mr B’s Reading Spa Experience.

It’s a Sunday afternoon tea in the drawing room novel. Set over one day with flashbacks to childhood and young adulthood all with an undercurrent. The Parasites refer to three siblings, they’re siblings through their parent’s marriage, and where their lives have been and perhaps are leading to. I really enjoyed it for the story and the writing, the descriptions are wonderful.

Grown up people… How suddenly would it happen, the final plunge into their world? Did it really come about overnight, as Pappy said, between sleeping and waking? A day would come, a day like any other day, and looking over your shoulder you would see the shadow of the child that was, receding; and there would be no going back, no possibility of recapturing the shadow. You had to go on; you had to step forward into the future, however much you dreaded the thought, however much you were afraid.

A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

Another book recommended to me by Mr. B’s. This caught my attention because I work in a predominantly Bengali community and this novel is set in 1971 during the civil war. I know nothing about the politics of East Pakistan/Bangladesh and although you learn a little about it, a golden age is more a story that happens the world over when there’s war. A story about mother child relationships, that no matter how old we are parents still worry, the parental desire to please ones children and the private lives and desires that we have no matter how old or who we are. But more than that it’s about a woman who finds strength and courage to take on a role that she would previously have said she’d never be able to do.

French Children Don’t Throw Food by Pamela Druckerman

An American married to a British man living in Paris. She starts to observe French children and their parents. How there appear to be differences to how her Anglophone friends and family raise, and therefore how their children respond and behave. As well as observing lots she’s also spoken to, researched historical information about how various French institutions arose and read about the French way of raising children. Reading it one can think how wonderful everything is in France. It felt, for me, quite easy to agree with some of what she writes when it’s all hypothetical, the reality of a baby sleeping through the night the French way may be quite the other thing when the baby is really there awake and crying. It’s made me think, which is always good and I’ll be interested to see if I take this book down off the bookshelf once the baby is here.

What are you reading this month?


PS you can read more from Rachel at her blog Flowers and Stripes, or find her on Twitter @MrsHunterDunn.

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