I love posting pictures for #TBT (Throwback Thursday). My fondness of such inspired yet another feature – Throwback Thursday Books (TBTB). I’ll include an image of the old book in these posts when possible. Sometimes, I’ll even provide a link to my review.
So, for the inaugural Throwback Thursday Books post, I’m posting Anya Seton’s Katherine. I first read Katherine in Summer 2002. Then, I revisited this book for a historical fiction component in one of my library school courses. Both times, the edition I read looked like this. The inside cover features great genealogical charts of the Plantagenet, Swynford, and de Roet houses. Also, the red ink came off on my hands – haha! While I’m not too crazy about the most recent cover, I’m glad it does exist. I hope people both enjoy and appreciate Katherine, too.
Reasons for Reading: Initially, I listened to this novella on audiotape. I enjoyed how more than one actor read different parts in the story. However, I considered Elizabeth Ashley of “Evening Shade” fame an odd selection for the voice of Holly Golightly. Nevertheless, I never reviewed this Truman Capote classic. When Breakfast at Tiffany’s won in the Revisited Challenge, I read a printed version.
Summary: An unnamed narrator befriends his enchanting neighbor, Holly Golightly, in the autumn of 1943. Holly insists on referring to the narrator as “Fred” because he reminds her of her older brother. “Fred” and Holly live in apartments in the same brownstone which is located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Holly is only a eighteen or nineteen year old girl from the country. Yet, she’s turned into a cosmopolitan darling of cafe society. Holly holds no job and maintains her lifestyle by socializing with wealthy men. These men take her out on the town and shower her with money and expensive gifts. Author Capote called Holly an American geisha.
One Thing I Learned from this book: I saw the film before I read the book. I was surprised that the events of the book took place in 1943-44.
What I Liked: I liked the narrator’s tone throughout the novella. As a reader, I felt his warmth and affection, especially towards Holly Golightly.
What I Disliked: Yet, I wasn’t quite comfortable with this American geisha lifestyle.
Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17
This is the continuation of monthly feature and it’s formal name is Jorie’s Reads by Starry Night Elf asks “What Are You Reading?” In February 2014, Jorie’s Reads heard from the Freeman Library Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club. Also, a few bookish friends responded to the January Edition. If you’re interested in participating in a future “What Are You Reading?” post, please comment on this post.
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