Literary Snobbery Series

The LSS Book List, Part 3

Visit the The LSS Book List page for more information about this post. The Gathering by Anne Enright (2007, M) – Liam commits suicide and his surviving siblings gather for his funeral. Veronica, the sister closest to him, goes back to their family’s history to understand what led Liam to take his own life. As she discovers ugly truths about her family, she also discovers many truths about herself. I…

The Gathering by Anne Enright

It’s not evil to describe a flaccid penis – The Gathering by Anne Enright

The narrator is Veronica. She is middle-aged, married, with kids, and says penis a lot. I wouldn’t have noticed the last detail had I not been warned by a friend, asking me to count the word penis. Not that the narrator is sexually deranged, it just so happened that she watches her husband sleeping naked and describes it, and remembers her brother Liam peeing an arched piss and describes it.…

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Holiday Book Gifts

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are over. Gifts have already been opened. For book lovers and book hoarders, piles of books that will probably be stocked on the shelves must have been wished for and granted. And life resumes to normal programming. But before all that, let me just list down the books that I got during the holiday season. Some of these I bought for myself, some given to…

The Gathering – Anne Enright

Date Started: April 18, 2011. 3:15 AM. It is the worst-rated book in my current to-read list, according to the ratings at GR. However, that did not dissuade me from reading it. It is just a little annoying that the protagonist went on at great length to describe the meeting of the supposed lovers of 1925 then end up by saying that they did not end up marrying each other.…