I will remember April 2017 as the month I first encountered Leonora Carrington
April Blog Stats
There was a surprising change in the top blog visiting home countries, for the first time since I began to track this over seven years ago, India was in second place.
I have had 4,573,305 page views since inception
There was also a change in the most viewed post category
The most viewed post was
"The Assignment" by Sadaat Manto Hasan, a classic Partition short story, in second place was Pigeon Pie by Nancy Mitford. Rounding out the top five were three stories by writers from the Philippines.
The latest new country was Mali. I also received my first visit, since I began tracking this in February of 2016, from American Samoa.
There are now 3035 posts.
Works Read on Which I did not Post
A Serious History of Jewish Comedy by Jeremy Dauber. A very good book with some Hilarious jokes:
"An iconic joke of the period depicts two Jews before a Russian firing squad, both offered blindfolds. One accepts, the other scornfully refuses. His friend urges him: “Shh . . . don’t make trouble.”
Hadrian the Seventh by Baron Corvo. A very strange book!
"A Birthday" by Katherine Mansfield
"The Semplica-Girl Diary" by George Saunders
"Kohl Do" by Sadaat Manto Hasan. Another Partition short story, some say his most famous work
Last month I read two works named by Richard Holmes as among the very best of the form
Lytton Strachey The New Biography by Michael Holyrod
The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography by A. J. A. Symons
Way Station by Clifford Simak. - A Hugo Award Winner
The House of Dreams by Colm Toibin
Dawn by Octavia Butler
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Bloodlines by Octavia Butler - A Hugo and Nebula Prize Winning Novella. A powerful work
Swing Time by Zadie Smith. Loved it and will try to read all her other novels soon. I have read several of her short stories
The Dream by Ivan Turgenev, a novella, a rare venture into the supernatural
Additionally I read and posted on four Yiddish Short Stories and three by authors from the Indian Subcontinent
I have no defined policy. I look at every book I am sent. I am very interested in posting on new works of literary biography.
I read three of her Surrealist short stories. I will be reading as much of her work as well as secondary works on her as I can. I admit I was spooked out a bit when I saw her with a cat that looked just like our Mr. C, passed away in 2012 after 19 years.
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