A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

29. Up to Low

Up to Low by Brian Doyle
First book of The Low Life

Pages: 116
Finished: Feb. 9, 2008
Reason for Reading: YA Challenge
First Published: 1982
Genre: YA fiction
Awards: CLA Book of the Year
Rating: 3/5

First Sentence:

We hadn't been up to Low since my mother died two years before.

Comments: This little book is more than that it seems at first glance. Ultimately it is the story of a boy's first love and his new understanding of death. Set in the 1950's Gatineau Hills country of Quebec, the book concerns an Irish family. Told in a tall tale format, the narrative is exaggerated and over the top until it takes a more serious tone near the end. At times funny, at others profound, I enjoyed this little book and will be trying more by the author.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an interesting book. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for your review.