Monthly Archives: December 2016

2016 in books

To those who read my blog on a regular basis it’ll not come as a surprise that I am not partial to novels containing too much violence, which in my particular case means that I can stomach the occasional bout … Continue reading

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Guilty Pleasures

In 2016 I read and discussed one book every week in BooksandLiliane. On Facebook I sometimes let know that I also had my guilty pleasures, the novels I read just for fun. They are the ones I guzzle up or … Continue reading

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Rose Tremain || The Gustav Sonata

In The Gustav Sonata we are taken along in the friendship between two men, Gustav and Anton. Their different backgrounds, wishes and ambitions come together effortlessly in the novel. Tremain also making clear that the chosen neutrality of a country … Continue reading

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Beth Lewis || The Wolf Road

Is the theme of The Wolf Road original? Not exactly, no. It is not the first and will probably not be the last novel written about a world in which a man-created disaster has turned everything upside down. Neither is it … Continue reading

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J.M. Coetzee || The Childhood / Schooldays of Jesus

I’ll be blunt about it: I do not get these Coetzees.  I suppose that the world he describes is meant to represent something, I have no idea what. I do not know if this world, where people arrive without any … Continue reading

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Gavin McCrea || Mrs Engels

The first sentence of Mrs Engels made me stand on edge: Lizzie Burns aka Mrs Engels was presented sharply as a sassy feisty woman. And then the novel collapses. I was hoping to get better acquainted with this sassy lady … Continue reading

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Ron Rash || Above the Waterfall

A small Appalachian village and the Americans as we think we know them through film or series are the centre of Above the Waterfall. The sheriff who allows certain small crimes (accepting a small fee that is to be used … Continue reading

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