Monday, October 26, 2009

What I did on my summer vacation...

I moved... that's what I did. I still don't have an internet connection at home and lately I've not had much time to post to my blog.

I have had time to read "The Painter of Battles" by Arturo PĂ©rez-Reverte. I'm not sure I would recommend this to everyone, but I would recommend it to any one with a creative mind because it really demands thinking outside the box, off the page, beyond the cubicle and definitely across the street if not the ocean. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the creative process the antagonist goes through to craft his painting and was glad the plot wasn't hampered by the inclusion of a huge cast of characters and the all-too-common desire so many authors have to write as if they're trying to sell something to Hollywood. It definitely brings an insight into the world of war photography as well as the painting of battles.

I've also, as usual, read far too many mysteries to list. I've knit another pair of socks, started on a scarf, made a pillow or two, sewn most of a quilt and given some serious thought towards what need to make for Christmas gifts. Is it really only 2 months away?



Plays with Needles said...

I have picked up a book by this author once before called Captain Alatriste but it was hard for me to start so I didn't...this one sounds intriguing???

Balwearie said...

"Captain Alatriste" can get a bit difficult when there are a lot of characters floating about. Rather like a Russian novel when the names start getting muddled. "The Painter of Battles" is much easier in that regard since there really are only 2 main characters. And I should think with your artistic background you would easily follow the sometimes lengthy descriptions of the battle scenes the main character is painting. I found it a very thoughtful book -- not pretentious like many bestsellers.