Monthly Archives: January 2016

Parrot and Olivier in America — Peter Carey

Parrot and Olivier in America was Peter Carey’s fourth shortlisted work at the Booker, and the second of those not to win. It markets itself as a story loosely based on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville (Olivier), but requires … Continue reading

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Quarantine — Jim Crace

A slightly odd, yet somewhat compelling work, I can see why Quarantine won Crace his first nomination for the Booker, and I can entirely understand why it didn’t win overall. Set in the desert in Judea, Quarantine is about a … Continue reading

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John Tyler: Champion of the Old South — Oliver P. Chitwood

Although Tyler’s presidency is (rightly) viewed as being relatively unimportant, and Tyler himself seen in quite low regard, his time in office was of some significance and I found Chitwood’s account to be interesting and lively. Tyler doesn’t strike me … Continue reading

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The Lowland — Jhumpa Lahiri

Set in Calcutta from the 1950s up to the modern day, The Lowland tells the story of two brothers, Subhash and Udayan, who lead markedly different lives. Subhash is focused on his education and career, and emigrates to better his … Continue reading

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A Fine Balance — Rohinton Mistry

My word, 1996 was a good year! Having already read the books considered the main contenders for the prize (Swift’s Last Orders, Atwood’s Alias Grace, and Deane’s Reading in the Dark), I was prepared for a series of pretty ordinary … Continue reading

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