Category Archives: translated

Involuntary Witness

Involuntary Witness by Gianrico Carofiglio  (Italian) translated by Patrick Creagh 2002 /290 pages read by Sean Barrett 7h 30m rating:  B+ / crime –  legal thriller This is the first book in the Guido Guerrieri series – it takes place in … Continue reading

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The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy 1886 / 62 pages (Kindle) rating 10 / Russian classic If you haven’t read this book please put it on your “to be read” list – somewhere near the top.  If you have … Continue reading

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The Preacher

The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg mystery 2011 / 15h 46m read by David Thorn rating:  B- I enjoy the frame story of Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck in their new life together with a baby on the way,  and individually … Continue reading

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The Ice Princess

The Ice Princess – (series) by Camilla Läckberg, 2008 / crime / 480 pages read by David Thorn 15h 8m rating:  B The craze for Scandinavian crime novels has not bi-passed me – it’s just that except for Stieg Larsson,  I’ve … Continue reading

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The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson 2012/ 402 pages rating – 8 This is a very funny novel.  It’s fast paced and easy to read yet the story twists … Continue reading

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The Blue Mountain

The Blue Mountain by Meir Shalev 1988 / 377 pages Rating  10 This is a totally mesmerizing book.  It’s  beautifully written and historically evocative, if not literally “true.”  The subject is a small group of very early 20th century Russian … Continue reading

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Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak 1958 – translated by Max Hayward Introduction by John Bailey 559 pgs Rating 9.5 This book could be War and Peace circa 1917 except that there’s not much peace in it – maybe the first … Continue reading

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1Q84 Redux

by Haruki Murakami 2011 / 954 pages  / Audio & Kindle / rating – 9.5 I realize that I made NOTES on this book and I posted them and I included the book in my monthly reads for November but I didn’t … Continue reading

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The Keeper of Lost Causes

  by Jussi Adler-Olsen 2007 – (US 2011) / audio – 15:41 / Erik Davies / rating 7   The first book in Olsen’s Department Q series,  Carl MØrck, a homicide detective near retirement is “promoted” to the new department of  old cases. … Continue reading

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Thirteen Hours

by Deon Meyers 2010/ Audio – 11:29/ 7.5  Capetown detective Benny Griessel has some problems,  he drinks and womanizes too much and his wife has tossed him out.   Also,  a very young, female tourist …  MORE

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11/13 – The Prague Cemetery

The Prague Cemetery  Umberto Eco 2011 (Eng) / 437 pages / hard cover / rating 9 my little review   **** Just finished  this morning –  great book but not quite up to Foucault’s Pendulum (my favorite) or The Name … Continue reading

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11/10 – I tried (Gosta Berling)

I tried –  I got over half-way so a review is probably in order.  I’ll do something.  I won’t count it as a “finished” book and I’ll amend this if I ever get around to finishing it.  Right now I’ve … Continue reading

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