Posted on

The Golden Hare Reading Challenge 2018 – March

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]And, just like that, February has passed us by. One moment it’s Burns’ Night, the next you’ve realised it’s almost Mother’s Day. That’s not to say we didn’t enjoy February while it was here – au contraire, we had a wonderful month full of fascinating events and some exciting new releases. Hopefully, too, your month included a book set in Edinburgh as per the instructions of the Reading Challenge! If not, never fear, we aren’t teachers chasing up your homework, that’s the beauty of the challenge – it can be something you keep track of throughout the year, or it can be a helpful way to pick up a book you wouldn’t have normally read.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For March, the prompt is “a book with a protagonist over 60″. At first, this can seem like a tricky category – but, trust me, once you start naming titles you really can’t stop.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”7666″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Without further ado, these are our recommendations for this month. If you’d like to see February’s you can click here, and pictured on the right is the challenge in full.

Happy reading![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf

Written as he was dying, this is Karuf’s final novel. It is a beautiful and poignant tale of old age and loneliness, told through the ordinary lives of an elderly man and woman living next door to each other in the later years of their lives. It’s touching in the simplest of ways, reminding the reader of the small happinesses that can be found in the everyday.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8087″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8088″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Autumn by Ali Smith

The first of her Seasonal quartet of books, this is Smith’s answer to the state of our country at the moment. Set just after the Brexit vote of 2016, we follow a young woman and a centenarian who have been friends for many years. We jump back and forth through their friendship to learn more about the two and, in passing, Smith meditates on life, death and the agony of being human.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Memento Mori by Muriel Spark

Called a “parodic update of a Victorian sensation novel”, this is undoubtedly one of Spark’s most iconic works.  Exploring death without repeating tired clichés is difficult for even the most skilled authors, yet Spark navigates the subject with the same ease she approaches all of her novels.  Dame Lettie Colson and her friends are receiving calls from an anonymous caller saying simply “Remember you must die.” Creepy, hilarious, poignant – quintessential Spark.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8090″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8091″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington

If you like a fantastically batty novel in the vein of Alice in Wonderland, this is your guy. When the nonagenarian Marian Leatherby is given a hearing trumpet, one of the first things she hears is her family plotting to send her to an institution. A surreal adventure in later-life care ensues, with birthday cake-buildings and twisted religious preaching keeping us entertained throughout this gem of a novel.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway’s last great novel, this is essentially the story of a very stubborn old man. It continues to divide opinion to this day, with a lot of people finding the plot infuriating – an elderly fisherman who refuses to let go of the only fish he has caught in eighty-five days, even though he can’t reel it in. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize, this is probably the most iconic book with an elderly protagonist. I like to think of it how Captain Jack Sparrow thinks of himself – whether you love it or hate it, you’ve definitely heard of it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8092″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]