A Great Read

Though not an avid reader of murder mysteries, I do occasionally indulge, and P.D. James is just about my favourite writer. I recently picked up a copy of “The Lighthouse”–can’t put it down. Here’s an example of her superb writing, the beginning description of what turns out to be a tense and argument-charged dinner:
“As always there was a menu written in Mrs. Burbridge’s elegant hand. They were to begin with melon balls in an orange sauce with a main course of guinea fowl with roasted vegetables followed by a lemon soufflé. The first course was already in place. Oliver took up his spoon and fork and regarded his plate with a frown as if irritated that anyone should waste time forming melon into balls.”
       Love it! Such richness and economy of detail. The last sentence nails the character perfectly.

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About tdurrie

An aging radical with thoughts about society, education, arts, politics, and food.
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