Monthly Archives: January 2015

Nick Hornby || Funny Girl

I’ve avoided Hornby’s novels, because I was afraid they would be too male: male friendship and bonding through favourite soccer teams, beer and whatever men do with their friends. I liked About A Boy as a movie, thank you Hugh … Continue reading

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Sue Monk Kidd || The Invention of Wings

The invention of Wings is based on the lives of Sarah and Nina Grimke, two sisters who fought against slavery and who were the first feminists in the United States. Sarah, the main character, is given a young slave for … Continue reading

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Michel Faber || The Book of Strange New Things

Though Faber’s novel is quite hefty, it’s content can be summarized in a nutshell: preacher Peter leaves his wife to go and work on another planet. To his surprise the aliens, the Oasans, welcome him and his bible, the Book … Continue reading

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Dinaw Mengestu || All Our Names

The Ethiopian-American Dinaw Mengestu wrote an impressive first novel on love, friendship, dreams and courage. Half of the chapters take place in Uganda, a country that has just become independent and in which a battle for power is about to … Continue reading

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Amy Bloom || Lucky Us

The title is obviously meant to be ironic: half-sisters Iris and Eva don’t get lucky until the last page. In mere 234 pages they are being confronted with a dying mother, a mother who deserts her own daughter, a father … Continue reading

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Fiona McFarlane || The Night Guest

Ruth is an elderly widow who is slowly but certainly losing grip on her body and on reality. At night she dreams about a tiger visiting her house, she becomes convinced the tiger was actually there. When Frida enters her … Continue reading

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Sebastian Barry || The Temporary Gentleman

In the Second World War temporary gentleman were those men who climbed unto bombs and tried to disengage them. Jack McNulty, the main character is one of those men. He is also or rather foremost temporary in another sense. Jack … Continue reading

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