November Book Reviews

stop light nycstop light nycYikes! Marlene is not available yet, and I have to do my blogs early. This means you are going to get some reviews from me. Some of my favorite books:

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón: I loved this book. I had been to Barcelona and that made it even better. The writer truly paints a picture of mystery and intrigue, with a tale that is unique. An antique book dealer and his son, (Sempere and Son) heroically trace a mystery author, Julian Caráx. Intrigue, great dialogue and the introduction of the fantastic Cemetery of Forgotten books, all come together for a book you won’t be able to put down. A recommend.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: The nine-year old hero of this story (although she grows up) is so real, so emotional, that I was wrapped up in this tale from start to finish. The topic, book burning in Nazi Germany, was unique to me, and thus the historical information also engaged me. A recommend.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese: One of the best books I have ever read. It’s long and complex, don’t try to rush it. Enjoy every bit of this tale of twin brothers who grow up in an Ethiopian hospital. This book has everything: love, grief, history, mystery, adventure. Verghese is a wonderful writer who carried me on waves of tension and pleasure to the surprising end of this great book. A very high recommend.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: You have probably read it? Maybe seen the movie? I loved this book, but I know others who had trouble with the jumping around in time. I thought it was clever and made the reader feel the emotion that Henry must feel as he travels back and forth in time. If you try to keep track, you will lose out on just enjoying the story. I think the book is much better than the movie. Recommend.

Blindness by José Saramago: Another book where the movie cannot possibly share the emotions that the written story tells. Some folks have trouble with the long breathless sentences, the lack of quotation marks and other unique punctuation liberties. But, once again, don’t be too analytical when you read. Just go with it. Try reading parts out loud to yourself. You will then catch on to what Saramago is trying to do to you. This story has a political undertone, but you don’t even have to be too engaged in that to get a lot out of the book. It is the story of an epidemic of blindness and the social breakdown which follows, but the reader follows a series of characters, which makes it an engaging story. Recommend.



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