Great and funny novel by one of Brasil’s most famous novelist.
Jorge Amado – Dona Flor and her two husbands. Good, but not as good as Gabriella.
Iain Banks – The Bridge
Can’t remember this at all but obviously liked it.
Really interesting novel about Mary Anning, the fossil collector overlooked because she was a woman. Liked it so much that I had to go and visit her grave in Lyme Regis (did only live 30 mins away then)
Tried to read this as I was told I would enjoy it and I do love the Sean Connery films. However this is a case where I prefered the film to the book. Book full of lots on sexist comments and Pussy Galore is a lesbian shocker!
Lawrence Hill – The Book of Negroes
Really interesting account of slavery written from the perspective of a slave with an implausible ending.
Again another one that I read due to living in Dorset and went to the not very exciting Hardy section of Dorchester Museum. Enjoyed this but not as much as other Hardy novels. As I get older the fact that I know that it is all going to end badly upsets me even more. Still selling your wife is novel.
Barbara Kingsolver – The Lacuna
David Mitchell – Ghostwritten
Great book, set in lots of places like Hong Kong, Tokyo, Russia. A bit like Cloud Atlas with the links between the chapters becoming clear as you read on.
David Mitchell – Number9dream
As said before this I think is his weakest novel.
Joseph O’ Connor – The Salesman
His first novel and the weakest. A big disappointment after loving the Star of the Sea. In fact I havent liked any of his other novels as much as that one.
Mark Steel – Reasons to be Cheerful
I LOVED Vive la Revolution, his extremely witty Marxist view of the French Revolution. Parts of this were funny but not a patch on the former.
Rose Tremain – The Road Home
Interesting account about the difficulties of being an immigrant in England. I still prefer her historical novels like the Colour.
Colm Toibin – Brooklyn
The worst account of sea sickness I have ever read, I can sympathise
Sarah Waters – The Little Stranger
So much hype about this book from the papers but actually a bit disappointing, especially as I had to wait a long time on the reserve list at the library. I remember being disappointed with the end. I read that the doctor was meant to be like Lockwood from Wuthering Heights.
Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall
I know lots of people liked this but for me I felt that there have been so many historical novels from Henry VIII’s reign. Cromwell seemed suspiciously nice to me – a bit of a change from the normal interpretation. Maybe he will become more like his ruthless self in the sequel. i suppose the historian in me doesn’t like te fact that the novelist has to make lots of things up, especially if it’s about a period I know really well. Still read there was meant to be something revolutionary about the way she wrote this, cant remember what it was.
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