Nov 27, 2016

Sunday Salon: Older Books and New

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I read Jamaica Inn years ago and am rereading a 2015 reprint of this mystery/romance about smugglers in 1820 Cornwall, England. It's just as intriguing as I remember though I did notice now that one of the characters seems much more modern than the others in his action and speech.
Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier, republished September 1, 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks.

Another book on my desk is
The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran by Andrew Scott Cooper, August 2, 2016, Henry Holt. This one I am reading slowly as it's a history book, very detailed history of the man, his empire, his rule, and his death, yet written in a way that is interesting and easy to read. I see it as a tragedy of sorts.

A galley of a new book, the first in a few weeks, arrived.
My Last Lament by James William Brown is described as "a poignant and evocative novel of one Greek woman's story of her own and her nation's epic struggle in the aftermath of World War II." It's written in the first person, which I don't normally like, but the story does look intriguing. It highlights the Greek folk art of lamenting, its history, and the people who serve as "lamenters" and is an "eulogy to a way of life." I am looking forward to it, thanks to Berkley Books. It is to be released March 2017.

How was your Thanksgiving holidays? I ate at a relative's house and avoided having political disagreements.


  1. Happy Sunday, Harvee! Enjoy your books. They do sound interesting.

  2. I have had my eye on The Fall of Heaven for a while. I love history in general and lately I have been interested in recent Iranian history.

    I am curious as to what you think of it when you are finished.

    1. I can say right away, Brian, that this book is very worthwhile, based on historical research as well as many interviews with people on both sides!

  3. I haven't read Du Maurier but there are a couple of her books on my shelf. Think I'll make that a goal in 2017.

    1. You won't be disappointed if you start with Rebecca!

  4. I have Fall of Heaven, but I haven't gotten to it yet.

  5. I should read The Fall of Heaven. I remember when all that was going on but I didn't really understand it at the time.

  6. A few years ago, I bought Jamaica Inn, hoping to reread it. I didn't notice if it was a "reprint." I hope not, but then again, it's been so long since I read the book...I might not even notice!

    Enjoy your week...and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  7. Enjoy your books. I read Jamaica Inn ages ago, but I bet it's one worth revisiting.

  8. Nice variety. I haven't read Jamaica Inn but have read a couple others by the author. One day I hope to read it. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  9. I'll have to check out Jamaica Inn. The only DuMaurier I've read is Rebecca, but I remember really loving it.

  10. These books sound great! Here is my mailbox monday:

  11. I just read Jamacia Inn last year. Another great Du Maurier read.

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Rebecca especially Mrs. Danvers.

    Hope you are having a good week.

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