Posts from ‘November, 2011’

Were any modern classics published in 2011?

I have read lots of enjoyable books this year, but none stand out as modern day classics. I haven’t awarded my highest five star rating to any book published in 2011 and wonder if I’ve been reading the wrong books – or has it just been a slow year for fiction? Will any books stand the test of […]

You Deserve Nothing – Alexander Maksik

Five words from the blurb: Paris, school, morality, students, criminal I have to admit that the blurb of this book held little appeal. A story about the children of wealthy families attending an international school in Paris didn’t sound that exciting, but as we all know, a talented author can transform the dullest premise into something […]

Seven Houses in France – Bernardo Atxaga

 Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa Five words from the blurb: Congo, fortune, jungle, enslaved, kidnapping I hadn’t heard of Atxaga before this unsolicited review copy popped through my letter box, but the impressive list of awards he has won (including the Spanish National Literature Prize and a shortlisting for the European Literature […]

Three Entertaining Reads

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel Five words from the blurb: chimp, boy, scientist, family, trouble Half Brother is an entertaining YA novel about Ben, a boy who lives with a baby chimp. Ben’s father is a behavioural scientist and he brings the chimp into their family in an effort to teach it sign language. The […]

The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born – Ayi Armah

Five words from the blurb: Ghana, bribes, corruption, temptation, scorn This week Kinna Reads is hosting Ghanaian Literature Week. Keen to join in I went online to research books from Ghana. The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born was described as “a cornerstone of African literature” and “as important as Things Fall Apart by Achebe “. […]

House Rules – Jodi Picoult

Five words from the blurb: Asperger’s, trouble, police, murder, guilt My eldest son has Asperger’s syndrome so I am always interested in books that deal with the subject. I was impressed by the research that has gone into this book, but I’m afraid the plot didn’t do much for me. House Rules is the story […]