I am participating in a read-a-long of My Hundred Lovers by Susan Johnson with Bree at All the Books I can Read and a group of bloggers.
This week we have read and are discussing pages 1 – 88. You can see Bree’s discussion post here, be aware that it does contain SPOILERS if you have not yet read the book.
Here are some thoughts on the book so far:
I admit that I was drawn into participating in this read-a-long by the blurb about the book – ”A woman, on the eve of her fiftieth birthday, reflects on one hundred moments from a lifetime’s sensual adventures. After the love, hatred and despair are done with, the great and trivial acts of her bodily life reveal and imperfect, yet whole self.” – and the review by Geraldine Brooks on the front of the book ”A woman reflects on her life as an erotic adventurer, and through these vivid stories of the flesh, a mind and a soul emerge in full.”
I am enjoing reading this book, Johnson writes in a very vivid, descriptive style and nothing (and I mean NOTHING!) is off limits. The writing is very sensual, but so far I have to admit that I am disappointed by Geraldine Brooks describing the book as ‘erotic’, sensual yes, but erotic no.
I have yet to finish reading the book, so my disappointment may be premature. Call back over the next few weeks to follow the read-a-long and when I have finished the book I will post a review.