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I'd like to read 21 of those books and get my pre-2014 registered amount of books to 2 pages on BX.
Great list :-) Have fun reading and I look forward to seeing your progress / read comments.
1. Birds of a Feather
Finally got round to reading this, enjoyable mystery with links back to WW1.
I saw the film adaptation a couple of years ago, so had a rough idea of the plot as I read this. I was most impressed by how the translator had managed to keep the book in verse form. An interesting book, a lot happening despite it being quite a quick read.
I've finished one and have started 2 new ones (one in English, one in Dutch). Both are biggies (605 and 720 pages), I think it'll take some time before I'm through.
How are things with your reading rate? Mine has dropped dramatically.... Really, work is too time consuming! If only....
Ardachy - nice to see you - I am sure I have at least one that has been through your hands!
Jerry Battle is an Italian American, he has a complicated love life - unresolved issues with his ex-girlfriend - as well as a complicated family life. He is at a stage in his life where a person starts to reflect, especially when you are not where you expected to be. Jerry dwells on the past - his late wife and her illness, the family business. So many things that get in the way of his present.
I've had this for a while, not wanting to read it as I was worried it wouldn't live up to A gesture life, which I had previously read. I was disappointed at first, and in trying to pin point why I think it was the very different back drop. A gesture life is set against the WW2 and its aftermath whereas Aloft is set in the present day. I didn't warm to the main character, but I did think the story was well told and overall I am please I read it.
Lee's Native Speaker is very good. If you get a chance to read it, do so. It's about the experience of being of Korean ethnicity in America.
6. Far from the Madding Crowd
I picked this up because it was H or R in the AlphaCat this month. Started it on the way to uni and really got into it. Lots of detail of country life as you would expect, a farmer falls for an independent woman, she refuses him, but life keeps throwing them together.
The true story of a nurse who gets arrested on suspicion of espionage. The book takes us into the interrogations and the cells, showing her evolving thoughts on life in Iraq. Glad I read it.
8. Rickshaw Girl
A short book picked up for my Olympic Challenge. Set in Bangladesh, this is the story of a young girl who wants to help her struggling family. It highlights the day-to-day life for a women in Bangladesh, but there is hope in the story.
9. Requiem for a Wren
Read on the way back to London this weekend. I was sent this in a bookbox and decided to pick it up for this month's RandomCat. A brother returns home to Australia, still haunted by WW2 and his brother's death in it. Sad, showing what happened to those who survived - a mixture of guilt and nostalgia for a period in which so close to death, they were so alive. Worth the read.
Slow start, but got more exciting towards the end.
Went to Dublin to accompany my Mum on a business trip and managed to get some reading done. The Dressmaker was an interesting read, reflecting on life as the Taliban took over Afghanistan, as well as what is happening now. We are surrounded by distressing images in the West - on the news, in the papers, but it can be too easy to distance yourself from it without a personal connection, a face to put to the story. That's why I enjoyed reading the book, to get more of an idea of what happened and what is happening over there.
Home is a family saga, a little disjointed at times, but full of the ups and downs, petty jealousies that turn into wedges that drive people apart as well as the the situations that bring them together. Worth the read.
A personal look at India from the actor. I liked his tone, and his own connections with India made the book more interesting as he tried to reconcile his own views of India based on family visits and stories with the country's own history and diverse present.
Been dipping into this, an interesting read - part travelogue of the road down to Patagonia, part reflection of life as hostages in Iran.
A long commute means a long book off my TBR pile. This is the first in a teen series, Mosca lives in a time of uncertainty, with a struggle for power linked to religion and the printing of books. Not bad, a little slow in the middle, but will add it to the box for my students to read.
Good book, really enjoyed it, even if the main character is particularly nauseating!
23. The Other Queen
Another down. Not as good as her other Tudor book.
An interesting read as three very different sisters look for their paths in China.
A good book, a young woman is being put to death for being a counter revolutionary in China and the whole community is affected. Li jumps between characters, so you need your reading wits about you, but this helps to give a multi-faceted look at life in China.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Marquez
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read
Papillon by Henri Charrière
My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey through Chile by Isabel Allende
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett was fascinating although she is an American author. I read this more recently.
Other South/Central American books read this year were :-
The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7012456/
The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/12527600
News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia Marquez http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/8337199
In my view How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid was every bit as good as The Reluctant Fundamentalist http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/9501230/ and better than Moth Smoke http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/9955931/
I can't agree with SqueakyChu re Bel Canto.
Haha! Bel Canto is always a book that is either loved or hated by readers. It's one of my best friend's favorite books. We always argue about it. It's also a multiple prize winner...which is why I forced myself to finish it. Different strokes...
Hey! I want to go to that Official BookCrossing Zone shelf at the Layer Fox!!
I found The Ministry of Special Cases to be a heart-breaking novel. Really. I also thought it was extremely concise and well-written with no words to spare. When I first started reading it, knowing nothing about the novel, I thought it was going to be humorous. Then I quickly realized that it was not humorous at all.
About the time in which that novel was set, I was living in Israel and made friends with a group of young Argentinians who were extremely warm and friendly. One remains a dear friend of mine to this day. I remember that many young Jewish Argentinians were immigrating to Israel because, if they differed politically from anything espoused by the Argentinian government, they were in real danger.
I also remember learning about the "desaparecidos" at that time. I had no idea how anyone could suddenly disappear. It was in this novel that I learned how that could happen. I also knew that Jewish individuals were often victims of this. To say I was shocked when I learned how individuals completely disappeared is putting it mildly. Being Jewish myself and the daughter of Holocaust survivors, I always try to keep informed about life of Jews in all countries of the world when there appear to be problems.
I know this was a novel. However, in fiction, one can find the emotions of fact.
I hadn't heard of the Desaparecidos book, but it is a topic that I have come across many times - through films and other books. I do remember a film (with Ricardo Darín in it?) where parents had to disappear before being disappeared, and at least one of the parents was Jewish.
More books for my wishlist!
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