Review: Gail Jones’ “Dreams of Speaking”
Selected as a faithful author on the To Read Shelf, this was another sound offering from Gail Jones. Alice is writing of the poetics of modernity, the beautiful of electrical tools and toys. She meets Mr Sakamoto, Nagasaki survivor, on a Chartres–Paris train and he tells her biographies of tele- inventors e.g. Alexander Graham Bell. Jones uses their friendship to explore communication and concealment, revelation and reticence. A fine novel. Recommended, and I’m still on the look out for more.
Where it came from: Library reject shelf via MM
Time and manner of reading: Stormy armchair and rainy folk-club reads
Where it went: MM
Reminds me of/that: The gulf between decent novels and actual good ones
Who I’d recommend it to: JH
Also reading: Rabbit #4; How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon; Being Alive edited by Neil Astley