Marghanita Laski – Little Boy Lost

So, you start a book which is meant to result in emotional upheaval, and you keep your distance to begin with, but then the book sucks you in, and you feel your emotions getting the better off you, while the writing itself remains simple and straightforward, with almost no sentimentality. And as you keep turning […]

Philippe Claudel – Brodeck’s Report

If there was ever a book that just made you feel slightly uneasy, a tad queasy, very uncomfortable, but still had you hooked, this would be it. You have Brodeck, who survived being treated like a dog – literally – in a prisoner-of-war camp, in France, during an unnamed war, albeit implicitly it suggests that […]

Colette – Claudine at School

Written at the turn of the century (i.e. first published in 1900), this delightful and entertaining novel is an intimate diary of fifteen year old Claudine who attends school in Montigny in France. It’s scandalous, it’s humorous, and it’s feel-good. Largely autobiographical (and the first book of a four-part series), this book covers the last […]

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