Monthly Archives: September 2014

Neel Mukherjee || The Lives of Others

Short List Booker Prize 2014 It takes stamina to read and finish The Lives of Others. It is definitely not for the faint-hearted amongst us. In 550 pages Mukherjee confronts us with a world in which tradition and development clash. … Continue reading

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Joshua Ferris || To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

If you like Woody Allen, you probably will like Paul O’Rourke, dentist in New York – always nagging, embarrassing when taken along to meet the in-laws, ┬ánot particularly attentive to his staff, just too busy dealing with himself. You might … Continue reading

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Jessie Burton || The Miniaturist

I wanted to read The Miniaturist, because it had been quite hyped in the summer. My local book store has heaps of it and wants us to read it. So I was curious whether the hype was justified and I … Continue reading

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David Mitchell || The Bone Clocks

Man Booker Prize Longlist 2014 I admit that I love Dickensian novels that unravel┬ánumerous seemingly unrelated threads. Mitchell has once more delivered one of those novels, with a touch of phantasy added. He has written an allegory on good <-> … Continue reading

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Miriam Toews || All My Puny Sorrows

Let me be clear on one thing: Toews has addressed a brave and difficult topic, the right to take one’s own life in a dignified way. If what she describes in AMPS is what happened to her own father and … Continue reading

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Robert Allison || The Letter Bearer

The Letter Bearer could have been a great novel. It’s story has all the potential: soldier gets wounded in the war, loses his memory, is left in the desert by the Germans, found by deserters, joins them for a while … Continue reading

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Paul Kingsnorth || The Wake

I wonder how native speakers experience The Wake. I felt that I was taken along by a bard who kept me spellbound; having to read the novel aloud probably added to this experience. I realized that it was the best … Continue reading

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