If you haven’t been following this month’s discussion of Elizabeth Taylor’s eighth novel, In a Summer Season, you’re really missing out! Karen @ Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings has written two tremendously thought-provoking posts, prompting one LibraryThing member to say, “Karen, your posts are very perceptive and I found myself mentally nodding and exclaiming ‘Yes! That’s absolutely right!’ as I read!” I couldn’t agree more. Each week I’ve found her posts ratting around in my head and sparking all kinds of thoughts, and all this for a book I read three years ago!
During Week 1, Karen talked about Death, and a recurring theme in Taylor’s work where a significant death occurs before the start of the story. Then in Week 2, she discussed Love and Marriage, and how these are portrayed in several of Taylor’s novels, wondering whether Taylor had “a jaded view of the state of matrimony.” This then led to discussion of physical attraction and sex in Taylor’s work.
Have I piqued your interest? This week Karen will publish her review of In a Summer Season, and the next week will discuss “Art Imitating Life (or Vice Versa).” I wonder what that’s about? You can bet I’ll be watching for these posts. I hope you will as well, and will feel free to dive into discussion via the comments.
Have you read and reviewed In a Summer Season? Be sure to share your review via the “Mr. Linky” on my Elizabeth Taylor Centenary page. There’s also discussion happening on LibraryThing, and on Facebook.
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