Posts under ‘Chunkster’

The Long Night of White Chickens by Francisco Goldman

 Source: Personal Copy Five words from the blurb: Guatemala, orphan, murder, corruption, friends I bought this book because the title intrigued me and I hadn’t read a book set in Guatemala before. It is a long, slow read, but gives a good insight into the problems faced by those living in this country. The story […]

Death and Mr Pickwick by Stephen Jarvis

 Source: Library Five words from the blurb: London, homage, Dickensian, history, ideas Death and Mr Pickwick was the most atmospheric book I read last year. It was an immersive read, capturing life exactly as it was during Dickensian times. It purports to tell the story of the real Mr Pickwick, showing how Dickens changed the […]

The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts

 Source: Library Five words from the blurb: Bombay, forgery, gangs,friends, violence Shantaram is one of my favourite books so I was looking forward to reading the sequel. Unfortunately The Mountain Shadow isn’t in the same league and actually highlighted the flaws of its predecessor, making both books appear worse than they really are. The Mountain Shadow […]

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

 Source: Personal Copy Five words from the blurb: college, friendship, decades, New York, trauma A Little Life is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. The evolving relationship between four college friends over several decades sounds like nothing special, but Yanagihara manages to get under their skin in a way few writers can. […]

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

 Source: Personal copy Five words from the blurb: India, slum, fugitive, prison, redemption Shantaram is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It is an amazing story and the fact that most of it actually happened makes it even more incredible. It may be long, but every single page is a joy to read […]

I Am Radar by Reif Larsen

Five words from the blurb: secretive, scientists, puppeteers, identity, history I Am Radar is an outstanding book and is epic in terms of both size and scope. It is almost impossible to explain the plot, and to attempt to do so would ruin the magic of discovering it for yourself, but I can say that it […]