#RecommendedReads for #August on this #Podcast: The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

Happy Wednesday, one and all! This August I wanted to take a moment to share books recommended to me by you, my wonderful fellow creatives.

The genre tastes here will vary widely, so bring your sparkling water to cleanse the palate between sips. Let’s begin with…

What does a reader experience in those opening pages, and what lessons can a writer take away in studying but a few paragraphs? Should I be reading these books after long days of grading? Let’s find out!

If you do not see the audio player above, you can access the podcast here.

This book was recommended to me by indie author Michael Steeden. I do hope you check out his beautiful blog and books!

If there are any stories you would like to recommend for sipping on this podcast, let me know in the comments below! I’d also welcome reading any indie authors’ own stories. Let’s all enjoy different genres and styles of storytelling throughout the year, shall we? xxxxxx

Read on, share on, and write on, my friends!

14 thoughts on “#RecommendedReads for #August on this #Podcast: The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

  1. Great reading Jean. The book intrigued me to learn more about it. According to Wikipedia (The Glass Room) the daughter of the original family was less than impressed by it. -PS you did say Glass Room- or at least I think you did! Talking of Glass have you read Gunter Grass’ (well almost like Glass) The Tin Drum?

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    • Oh dear. Well, family isn’t always going to like what is written. And I do hope I said Glass Room! Honestly, my mind is gets sooooo frazzled during every term’s finals period. Blech! I’ve not read The Tin Drum, but I could give it a go. What made you think of it?

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      • Probably reading the precis of the Glass Room on Wikipedia. The Tin Drum appears to explore many of the same themes- the displace of people and people’s psyches during the Late 30s and the rise of Nazi fascism across Greater Germany (for that think of the old Austro Hungarian Empire), especially what the daughter said about not only her home being stolen but now also her story. It put me in mind of the Launders in Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin. I think part of the Glass Room encapsulates the removal of people, their history and identity – not only during Nazism, but what went on earlier as evidenced by Kafka, Hesse and Mann, and what was to come in the Stalinist purges.

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      • Oh, the daughter’s point definitely raises that common writing problem with nonfiction–ANY time we include characters who are not us, are we taking their stories? It’s so hard to work out.


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