What I’m Reading: By the Lake

by | Apr 8, 2011 | Word Up

By the Lake

In the realm of great literature knowing no geopolitical or cultural bounds, I sing the praises of John McGahern’s By the Lake, an Irish novel lent to me by a Mexican-American poet. Such a deft hand McGahern has with scene-setting! How quietly yet powerfully he conveys his characters’ emotions! How much fun it is to read! Now, if only I knew what a Fusilier was….

Read a review of the book by The Christian Science Monitor’s Ron Charles here. Buy the book here or here. And please share your recommendations in the Comments section (below)!