Posted May 18, 2007on:
- I’m not qualified to be a litblogger. I’ve never read any fiction by Dostoevsky, Atwood, Voltaire, Melville, Chaucer, god knows how many Greek playwrights, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Munroe, Woolf, never-mind most of the West Indian literary juggernauts; you name it, I haven’t read it.
- I’ve read a hell of a lot of romance though. I don’t read that many any more but I still re-read old favourites (over and over) and this book is on my Friday shopping list. (Unfortunately I’m not expecting it to be any good :-(.)
- I attended a boarding school at which straw hats were still a compulsory part of the uniform and had to be worn off-property at all times. (It was the only school in the island that retained straw hats.) Boarders had to wear modest white dresses, white socks and black shoes every day after school except on Friday evenings and Saturdays. We walked to church in our white Sunday best, hat on head, every week. It was there that I learnt the meaning of the word “compulsory” and is forever associated with it. Basically it was a convent without neat Roman Catholic rituals to give it atmosphere.
- Before then I went to a regular public school and lived at a resort, one of the “benefits” of having a parent work in the tourism industry. No one actually believed I’d graduate from the boarding school until I did, assuming that I’d escape at the first opportunity.
- I’ve visited all of the English, French and Spanish Caribbean islands except Montserrat, Guadeloupe and the US territories.
- It is probably a horrible thing to say as a reader (particularly one of trashy romance), but there are some authors I will not even try, unless tortured. That list includes Sue Monk Kidd, Yann Martel, Dan Brown, Jack Kerouac, Joseph Conrad, Mitch Albom, Wally Lamb, Saul Bellow.
- I’m addicted to The Superficial.
- I’ve lived in Canada for 5 years and have never played in the snow.