BOOK RATING: The Story 4 / 5; The Writing 5 / 5 BOOK DETAILS: David Golder (The Book Depository), David Golder (Amazon) BOOK REVIEW: Absorbing. David Golder, published in France in 1929 was Irene Nemirovsky’s break out novel. In it she dares to explore the dirty undercurrents of greed and power in the financial markets […]
What’s not to love about an inquisitive elderly lady playing Miss Marple? A House To Let, a collaboration between some of the greatest classic British authors Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell and Adelaide Anne Proctor, is your quintessential cosy mystery. It comes from a time where deception and intrigue were enough to underpin a compelling story – no blood or murder were necessary.
Charming. Can any of us make a difference to the great events which determine our fate? That is the question Alexander McCall Smith explores in La’s Orchestra Saves the World. The story is set in Britain and told through the eyes of a young woman named Lavender (all her friends call her La).
Disappointing. I try to start each of my reviews with one word that sums up my feelings about the book, and unfortunately in this case that word is not a positive one. If Marsden’s goal was simply to retell the original Hamlet in language more accessible to young adults, he has achieved that. However in my opinion Marsden did not deviate far enough from the original Hamlet to make this retelling that worthwhile.
BOOK REVIEW: Exquisite minimalism. I’ve always been a believer that good things come in small packages and this novel by Ogawa is a perfect example. The characters, a mathematics professor with special needs, his housekeeper and her son, are developed in an understated manner, through their actions. The mathematical concepts are explained with artful simplicity and woven into the telling of the story to great effect. I found Ogawa’s writing style refreshing – words are not squandered but chosen carefully to extract maximum value
BOOK RATING: The Story 5 / 5 ; The Writing 5 / 5 BOOK REVIEW Exceptional. Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career truly deserves all the accolades it has received over the last century. It was a ground-breaking novel when it was published in 1901, filled with free thought, irrepressible spirit and passion that remains a delight to […]
Engrossing. In my opinion, elements that make for an excellent novel are deep, intertwining storylines and thought provoking and elegant prose. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova ticked all those boxes for me.
BOOK RATING: The Story 4 / 5 ; The Writing 4 / 5 BOOK REVIEW: Captivating. This story was originally written as a play, and perhaps because of that has a succinctness that I found very enjoyable. At only 134 pages (PDF) it’s packed with old-style heroes and villains, international travel, romance, deception and intrigue. I’d read […]
Amazing. What can I say that will do justice to this classic other than, “Why didn’t I read this years ago?”. Of course I watched Dickens’ The Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist movies many times as a child, but this is the first Dicken’s novel I’ve actually read – a travesty I know, off with my head!
BOOK RATING: The Story 4 / 5 ; The Writing 5 / 5 BOOK REVIEW: Powerful. Don’t let the lack of words used (only 168 pages) fool you – Nemirovsky delivers a powerful message through the telling of this story. In her usual beautiful prose (credit must also go to translator Sandra Smith) she does much […]