Monthly Archives: October 2015

A Well Deserved Win

Congratulations Marlon James! Definitely the standout book for me of this year! Advertisements

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A Little Life — Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life is an impressive work chronicling the imagined lives of Jude St. Francis and, on the peripheries, his friends. Jude has an immensely difficult life: he was the victim of severe childhood abuse, both physical and sexual, which … Continue reading

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A Spool of Blue Thread — Anne Tyler

With the announcement of the winner imminent, I am in something of a mad dash to finish the Yanagihara in time. I have a lot of pages left, so it’s going to be hit or miss. As a consequence, this … Continue reading

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The Year of the Runaways — Sunjeev Sahota

The Year of the Runaways is an engaging and entertaining read exploring the Indian immigrant experience in England. Sahota tells the story of a small community of young, male, immigrant workers and one woman, Narinder, whose role with this community … Continue reading

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Old Tippecanoe: William Henry Harrison and His Time — Freeman Cleaves

Harrison has two somewhat dubious distinctions as a president: firstly, his was the shortest presidency to date, lasting a mere 31 days; secondly, he is responsible for delivering the longest inaugural speech (around 1 hour and 45 minutes) of any … Continue reading

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The Fishermen — Chigozie Obioma

Of the three Man Booker shortlisted works I have now read, this is the first that follows a conventional structure and while I loved the unconventionality of James, and disliked that of McCarthy, it was somewhat refreshing to return to … Continue reading

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Tom McCarthy — C

Following the imagined life of Serge Carrefax, an Englishman brought up by an inventor father and deaf mother who goes on to make wireless communication the focus of his (brief) life, C aspires to tell the story of the early … Continue reading

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