Tag Archives: Great Novel

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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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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Maggie Shipstead || Great Circle

Shipstead has written an ambitious novel. One in which she couples the lives of two women, in the same time elaborating on the history of female aviation. Main character Marian Graves is one of the pioneering women who made a … Continue reading

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Marian Engel || Bear

Bear is not a recent novel. Engel wrote it in the seventies. I can imagine that it was considered a feminist novel in those days. Nowadays the focus of the symbolism has shifted to the precarious relationship between the original … Continue reading

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