The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws
The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws is an original and brilliant work. Margaret Drabble weaves her own story into a history of games, in particular jigsaws, which have offered her and many others relief from melancholy and depression. Alongside curious facts and discoveries about jigsaw puzzlesdid you know that the 1929 stock market crash was follow...more
As Drabble is one of my favorite writers, I was with her more or less every step of the way and enjoyed her affectionate detail on growing up in the North Midlands in the 40s and 50s and her casual erudition on quite a variety of topics.
As usual from such a book, I come away with a long list of...more
I found that I read this book slowly, both to keep trac...more
Very digressive, but a book I would read again next year simply to explore areas I may have glossed over.
Almost like a mosaic, something to be studied in de...more
Drabble has famously been engaged in a long-running feud with her novelist sister, A.S. Byatt, over the alleged appropriation of a family tea-set in one of her nove...more