Posts under ‘1960s’

When Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head

Five words from the blurb: Botswana, outsiders, help, community, farming When Rain Clouds Gather is an African classic. It was first published in 1968 and gives an insight into life in rural Botswana. The book follows Makehaya, a South African convict who escapes across the border into Botswana. In a small village he meets Gilbert, […]

The Wall by Marlen Haushofer

  Translated from the German by Shaun Whiteside Five words from the blurb: woman, solitude, survival, dystopian, parable The Wall was originally written in 1968 and is hailed as a feminist classic. I’m a big fan of dystopian fiction so I accepted a review copy, keen to see an Austrian take on this genre. The Wall […]

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 […]

The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea by Randolph Stow

Five words from the blurb: Australia, remote, war, disillusioned, restless I hadn’t heard of The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea until David, a regular commenter on my blog, recommended it. Further research revealed it to be an Australian classic, so I thought it would be the perfect book to read for Kim’s Australian Literature month. I’m […]

Roseanna by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

Translated from the Swedish by Lois Roth Five words from the blurb: detective, Sweden, crime, strangled, boat Martin Beck is commonly described as one of the best fictional detectives ever created and this series always tops crime fiction “must-read” lists. Roseanna is the first of ten books and I’ve been wanting to try it for […]

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Five words from the blurb: American, family, murdered, crime, killers In Cold Blood is a modern classic. I’d heard so many positive comments about this true crime book that I was convinced I’d fall in love with it. Unfortunately, although I can see why it played an important role in the development of the genre, I’m afraid […]