[DWJ] Listers to the Rescue... Again
jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 16 17:19:51 EDT 2007
My 80 year old mother and 95 year old mother-in-law both love detective stories - those by British authors both past and present - Christie, James, Sayers, Peters (the Cadfaels), Rendell, Walters. I'm not sure how they'd go as read alouds.
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From: Aimee Smith <aimees001 at gmail.com>
To: dwj at suberic.net
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2007 6:34:06 PM
Subject: [DWJ] Listers to the Rescue... Again
Well, I've no doubt it's not as urgent as all that, but I would like
to beg knowledge from The Collective.
I've gone and done something a bit rash: I've suggested to a local
Aged Care facility that if they want my services as a Person Who
Reads Aloud, I'd be interested.
This evening, I realised two things: a) I won't like reading swear
words or sex scenes aloud and b) I've very little idea of what's best
in foreign genres.
So: What can I use as a starting pool of books, which will appeal to
a wide, elderly audience and which will either contain nothing
offensive or will be easy to skip over the offensive bits?
What books are *particularly* wonderful to read aloud to adults?
So far I've thought of:
Classics, like 'To Kill a Mockingbird' or 'Pride and Prejudice' or
I dreamed of Jasper Fforde and Douglas Adams, and maybe - just maybe
- Harry Potter (because it *is* so good to read aloud)... then I had
visions of a sea of blank, uncomprehending stares, and a voice at the
back saying, politely, "Magic... it is a bit silly, isn't it?"
That's when I said, "Wait! I have other brains I can use!" and
thought how wonderful, and wonderfully literate, you all are.
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