Andrea Levy – The Long Song

I apologise for my thoughts on this book at the very outset. I’m going through a bit of a stressful phase right now, and while normally, it doesn’t affect the way I approach books, I’m not completely convinced that it hasn’t this time ’round. I mean, The Long Song was longlisted for the Orange Prize, […]

Toni Morrison – A Mercy

I finished this book over two weeks ago, and have been struggling to write the review ever since. I honestly hoped I wouldn’t have to drag it into the new year, but there you have it… This is the first Toni Morrison I’ve read, and I started the book with great trepidation. I’ve heard phenomenal […]

Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler's Wife

Contrary to popular opinion, I thought this book just wasn’t all that. I know many people who have this book on their “best of” lists, and it’s supposed to be amazing. And there are parts of it which are… specially the premise: Henry suffers from a genetic disorder, which allows him to time-travel, albeit the […]

Catherine O'Flynn – What Was Lost

Catherine O’ Flynn’s much acclaimed debut novel probably has one of the most fascinating opening chapters I’ve ever read, which revolves around Kate Meaney, a ten year old aspiring detective. Following Kate, and her ‘partner’ Mickey (a soft toy),  through her ‘stakeouts’ as she looks for ‘suspicious’ people, simultaneously trying to determine their possible motives, […]

Anne Enright – The Gathering

I’m trying to read all the Booker winners, in the next couple of years. This painstakingly dull book, filled with unengaging characters and a pointless plot adds a serious blemish to my plan at the very outset. I struggled through the first thirty pages, and struggled some more ’til I hit page 89, in a […]

Zoe Heller – Notes On A Scandal

Who doesn’t love a good juicy scandal? The type that makes its way to the tabloids, and has everyone talking about it, and judging the protagonists of the impropriety. Everyone has an opinion, and more oft’ than not, it’s judging the miscreants. Society. Business as usual.  So, what’s the scandal? One newspaper headlines read: Sex Teacher […]

Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones

This is Sebold’s debut novel, and while there’s lots of loopholes in the story, the premise in itself is interesting. A 14 year old girl is raped and killed by a neighbor on her way home from school, one evening. In the story, the girl, Susie Salmon (the book does start: My name was Salmon, […]

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