Pearl – Simon Armitage

Several weeks after making a cultured purchase in Waterstones I have (at last) read this wee book.

I’ll admit to some sort of inner smugness as I spurned action and adventure for poetry.

Isn’t it strange how something as buying a book can become an event for self congratulation?

Action and adventure were cast to one side for a fresh translation of a 14th century classic.

Back home I pondered my purchase. Had I made a dreadful mistake? No amount of reading would conjure up the comforting voice so often heard on 6 Music.

A first scan is enough to award a score of just 2 out of 5.

If Simon were to perform a reading I’m guessing the book would get a 5 out 5.

Book 9 of 2019 – and I quite like my sketch of the cover.

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