Month: October 2018

The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel After five Peruvians perish in a bridge collapse, a friar attempts to determine why it was those individuals who should die. ➽ “The Bridge of San Luis Rey appealed to me for its philosophical exploration, asking, but never answering: are…

2018 Bookerthon

The 2018 Man Booker shortlist was a surprise, with many followers declaring it an unusual list with glaring omissions. We, too, were shocked at who wasn’t present: Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward, Warlight by Michael Ondajtee, Crudo by Olivia Lang, Normal People by…

Washington Black – Esi Edugyan

READ FOR BOOKERTHON An 11yo plantation slave becomes a personal servant to his master’s brother. ➽ “George Washington Black is the name of an 11yo plantation slave who is whisked out of his doomed life and given a fresh start as a personal servant…

The Overstory – Richard Powers

READ FOR BOOKERTHON An epic story of trees, ecological activism and US logging history. ➽ “It’s no exaggeration to say that they novel has genuinely changed my life. It’s a very solid work of fiction that has given me an awareness of our environment…

The Long Take – Robin Robertson

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A war veteran tries to assimilate back into every day American life post war. ➽ “I was completely consumed by The Long Take and while the storyline and themes were far from uplifting I felt captivated by the events that were occurring. “Initially…

The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A study on institutional living, via prison inmate Romy Hall who is serving two life sentences. ➽ “There has been a LOT of hype about The Mars Room so I went in with high expectations. Having just binge-watched the latest series…