What I read in October (Part 2)

There are two book reviews in this post.

The story of Taizé by JLG Balado

A very old copy of this book was destined for recycling, but I decided to read it. The Taizé community has had a huge effect on worship in many Churches. I didn’t know much about the early history of the community. This book filled in many gaps in my knowledge. First published in 1976, the copy I read was updated in 1981. Of course I was aware of the tragic way in which Brother Roger’s life ended and every mention of Notre Dame Cathedral reminded me of the devastating fire there. It was interesting to read about events of the 20th century and to reflect on the changes which have occurred in society and in the Church since those days.

Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith

Tears of the Giraffe is the second book in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. I bought a second-hand copy at a charity book-sale. It is a delightful book. My pile of books to read is rather taller than I like at present, but this light read was just what I needed after the non-fiction books I have been reading recently. I have read and enjoyed other books by this author, but this one seemed to be particularly good. The themes woven into the story involved lies and the morality of not always telling the (whole) truth. There was an unexpected revelation at the end, which I found very amusing.