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4.0 out of 5 stars Reading a book a day for a year., 16 July 2011
Mrs Curzon Tussaud (London, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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If any book could be said to be the companion to Susan Hill's "Howards' End is on the landing", I think that this is it. Grieving after the death of her older sister, Nina decides that the best therapy for her will be a reading marathon. She will read a book every day for a year, and keep a log of the books and her thoughts on them. They must of necessity be reasonably short, and she becomes a nifty judge of length by the width a book takes up on the shelf. Few of the books, however, rate more than a passing mention, and the review-log is only mentioned in passing, with an alphabetical list at the end of the text listing the books Nina read. What was beguiling was the idea of reading as therapy, and in particular, therapy for the loss of a sister who was a close reading buddy. How wonderful would it be to hear a doctor say "Well, we could treat you with anti-depressants, but I think it would be more efficacious for me to give you a copy of "What Ho! Jeeves" or maybe "Three men in a boat"."

Most of you will be goggle-eyed at the inclusion of Tolstoy's name in the title, now that you know what the book is about. The Tolstoy which Nina reads is the novella The Forged Coupon.
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