Month: September 2010

In A Strange Room – Damon Galgut

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A South African writer named for the author goes backpacking abroad. His experiences are reported in three parts in this memoir-styled novel:  ‘The Follower’, ‘The Lover’, and ‘The Guardian’.  ☁ “I thought” – Suzy ☁ “This book has a very even…

The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A satirical novel where two Jewish widowers reflect on their loves and losses and consider mis-directed acts of anti-Semitism. ☁ “Thoughts” – Suzy ☁ “There’s a bit of humour, a touch of reality and loveable characters here. A satisfying read but I…

Room – Emma Donoghue

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Room is told from the perspective of a five-year-old boy who is being held captive with his mother. It was inspired by the Fritzl case.  ☁ “Thoughts” –Suzy ☁ “Though topical, I found the plot in Room too convenient and sewn up….

C – Tom McCarthy

READ FOR BOOKERTHON C is a 1960s-, modernist-style anti-novel steeped in philosophy. It follows Serge Carrefax, an encoder, through WWI. ☁ “Thoughts” – Suzy ☁ “This book is almost too clever. There is air of authority and mastery about it, and I don’t mean that in a…

She Came To Stay – Simone de Beauvoir

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A fictionalised account of de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre’s open relationship, in particular their affair with sisters Olga and Wanda Kosakiewicz. ☁ “This is such a decadent story where everything is available and life is for living. It is a great example of…