24 February 2007

Woman In A Lampshade

Don't know how I managed to miss this, but apparently the Australian novelist Elizabeth Jolley died last week. Her passing reminds me that I haven't read one of her books a decade or more, but in my own personal history she holds a peculiar distinction. Her book Major Scobie's Riddle, along with Graham Greene's The Heart of the Matter, was the subject of the first paper I delivered whatever many years ago. Amazing how completely one can come to forget things that once seemed unforgettable.

I do recommend looking Ms Jolley up in your next trip to the bookstore and/or library. She's largely unheard of and untaught here in Canada, which is all the bloody more reason to read her, methinks.

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