Booking Through Thursday – Holiday Reading

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Today’s BTT question is: It’s a holiday weekend in the U.S., so let’s keep today’s question simple – What are you reading? Anything special? Any particularly juicy summer reading?

It’s not a holiday here in the UK, but July 4 is a memorable day for me as it was my father’s birthday.

fall-of-troyI have several books listed on the side bar as current reading. Actually I’ve just finished reading Peter Ackroyd’s The Fall of Troy, which is a fascinating book – a love story, set in the late 19th century during the excavations of Ancient Troy. It’s about obsession and deception. I know next to nothing about archaeology, but this book has made me keen to find out about how Troy really was excavated and also to read Homer. The main characters are Heinrich Obermann, a dislikable character and his beautiful young wife, Sophia. Strange things start happening when a young American archaeologist, who questions Obermann’s methods, dies of a mysterious fever and then the arrival of a British archaeologist who falls in love with Sophia brings the story to a dramatic climax.

7 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday – Holiday Reading

  1. I looked at this several times at the library–could never decide whether I wanted to read it or not. I may have to bring it home next time.


  2. Sorry about your Father, but Happy Birthday to him!

    I never heard of The Fall of Troy, but it look interesting 🙂


  3. For some reason I haven’t yet got round to this Ackroyd. I can’t think why because he’s one of my favourite writers. I would go over to the library site and order it now, but they turned up trumps with seven new books this afternoon so I think I’d better clear the pile a bit first.


  4. Thanks for your comments.
    I hope you all do read The Fall of Troy – I’d love to read what you think about it!

    Ann, I do sympathise – and I picked up Milton in America today – see my next post.


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