Category: Cultural

Nacropolis – Jeet Thayil

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A story set over three decades about a Bombay opium den and the diverse cast of characters who frequent it. © “Written in a meditative, dream-like narrative, and with a combination of real and imagined events, Narcopolis is addictive and soothing. Not a book you… Continue Reading “Nacropolis – Jeet Thayil”

Where We Once Belonged – Sia Figel

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy This Commonwealth Prize winner is the coming-of-age story of 13-year-old Alofa Filiga in a Samoan village ✔ “Where We Once Belonged is written in the traditional Su’ifefiloi style. Literally this means a woven garland of flowers. As a… Continue Reading “Where We Once Belonged – Sia Figel”

The Long Song – Andrea Levy

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The story of July, a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation in Jamaica and witnesses both atrocities and the moment slavery was abolished.  ☁ “I thought” – Suzy ☁ “A very moving story set in a place and time that… Continue Reading “The Long Song – Andrea Levy”

The God Of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Nadine This novel discusses who should be loved, and how. And how much. It describes how small things affect people’s behaviour and lives ♥ “The God of Small Things details the lives of fraternal twins Rahel and her brother… Continue Reading “The God Of Small Things – Arundhati Roy”

The Whale Rider – Witi Ihimaera

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy Kahu Apirana is a 12-year-old Maori girl who wants to become the chief of her tribe, but must battle her great-grandfather to make herself heard. ♥ “Maori chief Koro Apirana is angered when his grandson’s wife gives birth… Continue Reading “The Whale Rider – Witi Ihimaera”

The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Over one night, a Pakistani man tells an American stranger about his love affair with a woman and his forced abandonment of America post 911. ⚈ “Changez is a Pakistani man living in New York at the time of the terror attacks… Continue Reading “The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid”

The People’s Act Of Love – James Meek

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A renegade Czech army unit is stranded in a community of religious fanatics in a small, remote town in Siberia.  ⚈ “The People’s Act of Love is set in 1919 in Yasyk, Siberia, a small town on the… Continue Reading “The People’s Act Of Love – James Meek”

The Bone People – Keri Hulme

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A New Zealand book which is an unusual love story, depicting a utopian unity between Maori and Western culture ⚈ “Kerewin Holmes is a reclusive painter who is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Joe… Continue Reading “The Bone People – Keri Hulme”