Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Am I alone in thinking . . .?" letters to the Daily Telegraph

Hilarious. Thank you very much Sarah for this Christmas pressie. You can rest easy that it won't persuade me to read the Telegraph every day but I did empathise with a lot of the letters! Except for the crazy loony ones. A very fast very funny book.


Friday, January 22, 2010

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

Mum must have reviewed this before me.

Roth's novel creates a picture of 1940s America seen through the eyes of a 9 year old jewish boy living in a very jewish community - when the Nazis take over Germany and the holocaust emerges. But the novel imagines that a republican president with fascist beliefs and connections with the nazis wins the 1940 election. And implements his beliefs . . . . . Very readable. The boy gives a naive and humorous perspective of life in the USA in the 40s but the reader is in no doubt about the direction America is going in.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby

A gift from Sarah this Christmas...thank you very much. It's much like his other books so an enjoyable read. About a couple in their 40s...he runs a website for a forgotten (by most people) rock star of the 80s. They split up and the woman becomes involved with the rock star to the disbelief of her ex partner. Typical of his other books things don't get sorted out nicely in the end and you always wish there could be a bit more...but I suppose that's life! Very philosophical hey.

The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier

December's Book Club book and surprisingly quite good. It's by the same woman who wrote "The lady with the pearl earing" and a similar plot based this time on 6 tapestries which were thought to have been woven in the Middle Ages. The story is based on some historical fact but Tracy makes up lives for the characters involved. It was made even more exciting by the fact that we went to see the tapestries in a museum in Paris this New Year....spooky!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

The Prostrate Years - Sue Townsend

new Adrian mole.. as marvellous as the others.. read it in 2 days. can praise no more.

fabulouso 10/10