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About booksandliliane

I am an avid reader and love to share my love for literature. I have my own opinion on books that have been shortlisted, laureated by critics or are pushed on us by bookstores. I will try and explain why I like or do not like a book. Hopefully influencing you in your choice of books to read.

Nathan Harris || The Sweetness of Water

Beautiful novel about human relationships in a village that has to come to terms with war and slavery ending. Racism is to enter their world. Continue reading

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Francis Spufford || Light Perpetual

A novel translating the energy of a possible bomb into words. Loved the way Spufford takes us along in the lives of five decent citizen. Continue reading

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Imbolo Mbue || How Beautiful We Were

How Beautiful We Were is one of those novels you should read when you want to know why we have to think twice about using oil. The novel explicitly describes what happens when a Western-world oil company  joins forces with … Continue reading

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Carys Davies || The Mission House

Davies has written a novel which focusses on relationships. Or rather, on the way events determine our capability to have fulfilling relationships. Or not. Main character Hilary Bird is an anxious person. I suspect that in real life he would … Continue reading

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Who will win the Booker Prize?

Though I always tried to read the winner, I did not intensely follow the Booker until I started writing my blogs on BooksandLiliane. Over the past years I have never felt myself in the position that I enjoyed reading all … Continue reading

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Anuk Arudpragasam || A Passage North

Not a lot happens in A Passage North. Nevertheless Arudpragasam succeeds in sharing an awful lot of information with his readers. He has chosen a contemplative style of writing and uses this to ‘transport’ thoughts, facts and reflections. In this … Continue reading

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Nadifa Mohamed || The Fortune Men

Mixed feelings after having finished The Fortune Men. I had trouble getting into the novel, a day after reading the final pages I wonder whether Mohamed has not tried to do too much to make her message come over. That … Continue reading

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Richard Powers ||Bewilderment

I must have read everything by Richard Powers and every time I am blown away by his work. This novel is no exception, even though Bewilderment is not a typical Powers. Usually the writer abounds in intricate story lines with … Continue reading

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Damon Galgut || The Promise

Galgut has written a clever novel that through the use of four different perspectives allows us to look inside the lives of the main characters at the same time subtly giving us insight the South-African state of mind. When the … Continue reading

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Nick Bradley || The Cat and the City

Sometimes you miss out on a novel completely and you are all of a sudden gifted a little jewel on your birthday. The Cat and the City had escaped my attention, fortunately I was given a second chance. The Cat … Continue reading

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