Monthly Archives: July 2012

How It All Began

How It All Began by Penelope Lively 2011 / 220 pages Rating 8.5 I truly enjoyed this book. I think it’s about the interrelatedness of things and other issues, especially language. “It’s about accidents.” (page 121) Or “circumstance” as Henry … Continue reading

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Zhivago – the movie

Dr. Zhivago – the movie Produced 1965 – David Lean Video 2005 / Turner Yes,  I’m very familiar with the book – overly familiar,  perhaps.  It’s a good book. BUT!  I’d never, ever,  seen the movie.  (There’s no good reason … Continue reading

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Sacred Hunger

Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth 1992 / 640 pages Rating 9 In the mid-17th century there was,  as now,  an almost all-consuming passion to make money.  This greed was acceptable to the Church as well as the state. A man’s … Continue reading

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The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt 2011 / 336 pages narrated by John Pruden 7h 42m rating – 8 This book is totally hilarious – Eli Sisters, the first person narrator is a dirty, merciless killer of the wild … Continue reading

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Candide by Voltaire 1759/  95 pages – rating 9 Written in 1759 (the same year as Tristram Shandy) this Enlightenment inspired satire is basically a statement in opposition to “”Therefore this is the best of all possible worlds,” a statement … Continue reading

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The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker 2012/  268 pages narrated by Emily Janice Card 9h. 3m. rating – 7.5 I don’t believe I’ve ever read a dystopian novel in which the emotional content is quite so interwoven with … Continue reading

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A Nail Through the Heart

A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan 2007/336 pages narrated by Victor Bevine 10h 52m rating:  7 (top for crime) How can a story break and warm your heart at the same time?  Set in post-tsunami Thailan,  Hallinan’s first … Continue reading

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The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall read by Sam Dastor 8h 25m Rating – 6.5 Visha Puri is a highly respected detective who one day gets called to investigate the death of  a Dr. Jha … Continue reading

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Open City

Open City by Teju Cole 2011/ 272 pages rating – 8.5 Teju Cole is an amazing author and this is his first full length novel.   It’s generally about an almost unnamed 1st person narrator,  a single, 30-something year-old immigrant … Continue reading

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