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!
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 […]
Gripping. The second instalment of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire, is not just a worthy successor to the first, it is even better!
Why is it better? This novel is where the reader is properly introduced to the feisty heroine Lisbeth Salander.
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 […]