Posts from ‘May, 2013’

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima

Translated from the Japanese by John Nathan Five words from the blurb: savage, boys, mother, affair, sailor Yukio Mishima is an important Japanese author; infamous for committing seppuku (ritual suicide) at the age of forty-five. He was born into a samurai family and is renowned for having complete control over both his mind and body. I was […]

Three Abandoned Books

Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley Five words from the blurb: daughters, born, cult, rural, help Amity and Sorrow has been receiving almost universal praise from the blogging world. I was impressed by the writing quality, but unfortunately the subject matter wasn’t for me. Amity and Sorrow are two teenage girls who escape from a […]

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Five words from the blurb: Chechnya, soldiers, doctor, friend, responsibilities I first heard of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena when an unsolicited review copy dropped through my letterbox. I was instantly drawn to the title and looked forward to reading it nearer its publication date. Since then this book has been getting rave reviews, especially from […]

The Son by Michel Rostain

Translated from the French by Adriana Hunter Winner of the Prix Goncourt 2011, Selected for Waterstones 11 2013 Five words from the blurb: meningitis, death, son, grief, life Michel Rostain’s teenage son died suddenly from a virulent strain of meningitis. The Son is the fictionalised story of a family who lose their son to the same disease. It is […]

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Five words from the blurb: diary, girl, tsunami, change, life A Tale for the Time Being is an unusual mixture of Japanese and Western literature. The book begins with Ruth, a woman living on a remote Canadian island, discovering a lunchbox on the beach. The lunchbox is one of many items to be washed across […]

A Busy Few Weeks

Postcard image from Zazzle May is turning out to be a busy month for me. I went to Barcelona for the first bank holiday weekend and had a fantastic time. We all enjoyed the beautiful buildings, the amazing food and the break from normal life. At the moment I’m rushed off my feet organising a […]