Friday, 27 November 2009
Sleepless nights (Hardwick) 41
I was pleased to be offered a lend of one of Simon's recent purchases Sleepless nights by Elizabeth Hardwick because at the time I was suffering from dreadful insomnia! Unfortunately I was sleeping better by the time that I started reading it as it would have been a good cure for insomnia. I struggled to get into it.
The book was essential a series of reflections on a woman's life. I think this quote which I took from library thing sums up how I felt:
"Sleepless Nights feels as if someone had written the most vivid and witty of diaries for several decades, then ripped out all the pages and tossed them into the air. The reader wanders into this experiment in Dada with Hardwick, picking up a moment here, an encounter there, trying to make meaning out of seemingly random conjunctions."
I'm intrigued by the title of one of her other books The Ghostly Lover, but I have to say I won't be rushing to read it.
Two Virago editions of this work - Simon lent me the earlier one.