Monthly Archives: November 2014

Niall Williams || History of the Rain

I started reading History of the Rain when I was feeling slightly under the weather. I had failed to download the latest Marian Keyes and had resigned myself to Williams instead. The first sentence straight away made me feel that I … Continue reading

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Katy Simpson Smith ||The Story of Land and Sea

I’ve got mixed reactions to The Story of Land and Sea. On the one hand it is a tale that evokes the cruelty of slavery in a very subtle way. Not by describing beatings or lashings but by casually mentioning … Continue reading

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Sarah Waters || The Paying Guests

One thing one can say about Sarah Waters, she knows how to write a fast track novel. Never a dull moment in The Paying Guests, which does not mean that we are lead from one exciting event to another. On … Continue reading

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Michael Cunningham || The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen is a modern fairy tale, one in which hardly anything happens. Cunningham has written beautifully about hardly anything happening though. In The Snow Queen two brothers muddle through life; neither one of them has lived up to … Continue reading

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Rachel Joyce || The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage is a parable about a man who starts to walk and whilst walking rediscovers himself. Faced with a husband who has gone walking his wife is left to her own resources, she also rediscovers herself and her love for her … Continue reading

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Siri Hustvedt || The Blazing World

Siri Hustvedt set herself a serious task: in her novel she tackles the question ‘are female artists recognized less than their male counterparts?’. Her main character, Harry (Harriet) Burden has started to believe more and more that her career as an artist … Continue reading

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