Kitchen Synopsis With the publication of Kitchen, the dazzling English-language debut that is still her best-loved book, the literary world realized that Yoshimoto was a young writer of enduring talent whose work has quickly earned a place among the best of contemporary Japanese literature. Kitchen is an enchantingly original book that juxtaposes two tales about mothers, love, tragedy, and […]
The Bat Synopsis Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He’s not supposed to get too involved. When the team […]
The Scream Synopsis The apparently simple story of a toll-collector who works in a booth on the motorway, watching people come and go, while his life remains static. But then an invisable force begins taking over, its only tell-tale sign, a terrible, obliterating sound like a scream, that seems to come from nowhere. As time goes […]
The Scream Synopsis The Scream starts as sci-fi and ends as a realization that despair can shape the world to the point where it becomes unrecognizable. Through Laurent Graff’s irreproachable style, the reader gets trapped in the painfully poetic world embodied by the empty highway; a metaphor which unfolds until the point where reality becomes stranger and […]
Don’t Look Under the Bed Synopsis What goes on under your bed when the lights go out and you’re fast asleep? The Spanish best-seller Don’t Look Under The Bed is a novel quite unlike any that you’ve read before. Its impact will be felt by anyone who has ever, at any time in their life, felt […]
Fancy some Booklover Bites? Fiction in Translation Tony @ Tony’s Reading List has put forward several excellent reasons for reading translated books. Translation Matters plus the thought provoking discussion that ensued (63 comments and counting) is well worth a read. I have enjoyed immensely almost every translated work I have read. Why? Because the authors’ perspectives have seemed fresh […]
Comedy In A Minor Key Synopsis A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation — and, true to its title, a dark comedy of wartime manners — Comedy in a Minor Key tells the story of Wim and Marie, a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico, and must then dispose of […]
Lamberto Lamberto Lamberto Synopsis : A modern fable for children and adults: a story of one man’s quest for eternal life and how finds it in the most extraordinary of ways—in the grand tradition of Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince. When we first meet Baron Lamberto, he is very rich and very ill. He owns twenty-six banks […]
Irene Nemirovsky’s novel All Our Worldly Goods reminds us that even in the darkest of times, where this is a will there is a way.
There is a very appealing undertone of revolutionary zeal in Nemirovsky’s All Our Worldly Goods.
We follow the characters on their life journey in a tug-of-war between hope and obligation, through shocking loss and moments of joy. This novel explores love in its many forms, and ultimately the inspiration and steely determination that emotion can provide.
Here is my teaser:
They were together, so they were happy. Even though the watchful family slipped between them, separating them gently but firmly, the young man and woman knew they were near one another; nothing else mattered.
These are actually the opening two sentences, and I think they are just perfect. It’s brimming with hope and simplicity!