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Bill Beverly || Dodgers

Dodgers is praised for being a brilliant criminal novel. With due respect to the genre, Dodgers is more. East might be a very young paid killer to be, the novel deals with his emotional growth. That he has been given … Continue reading

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Mike McCormack || Solar Bones

  Spoiler Alert In Solar Bones Marcus Conway looks at his life: present and past are linked to each other in one long sentence lasting over 250 pages. Somewhere around page 40 I started wondering whether this long sentence really … Continue reading

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2017 in books: The ones that impressed me

In 2017 I could not escape from one novel: its advertisements were everywhere. There was a huge queue at the library, the long wait turned out to be justified: this novels was rightfully hyped. Two other novels were delivered sooner … Continue reading

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2017: the ones that let me down

Disappointing novels came in several shapes in 2017. The ones I just did not like, but also the ones I could not fathom why they were being hyped. Or the ones of authors I love that just did not live … Continue reading

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2017 in Books – the ones that surprised me

One thing is clear: 2017 was not the year of the novels dealing with violence, which I can only applaude. Neither was 2017 the year of this one mind-blowing novel. Though I read a fair amount of novels I really … Continue reading

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Karl Geary || Monpelier Parade

A sort of spoiler What a sad story. Not for one the main character’s fatal disease but for the fact that adolescent Sonny does not stand a chance of ever making it in this world. Sonny grows up in a … Continue reading

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Rhidian Brook || The Aftermath

The Aftermath is reluctant to start. At first it felt as if Brook could not manage her own novel well. Too fragmented, too many apparently unrelated characters. At about 1/3rd of The Aftermath she gets a grip and starts delivering … Continue reading

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Penelope Lively || Family Album

At first sight everything is well in the large family that has lived in Victorian Allersmead for ever. One might be slightly surprised at the reluctance of elders daughter Gina to visit her parents in order to introduce her new … Continue reading

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Megan Hunter || The End We Start From

  Hunter has written a very short novel: a mere 127 pages with short paragraphs dividend by lots of white. Those 127 pages do convince from start to finish. They take us to a Great Britain in which climate change … Continue reading

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Sally Rooney || Conversations with Friends

Apparantely Conversations with Friends was rather a hype in Great Britain. I must confess that I do not know why. I was not really impressed by this novel about two friends and their complicated relationship with a married couple. The … Continue reading

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