The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje – Mini Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Haunting and harrowing, as beautiful as it is disturbing, The English Patient tells the story of the entanglement of four damaged lives in an Italian monastery as World War II ends. The exhausted nurse, Hana; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the … Continue reading The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje – Mini Book Review

‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Daycomes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly … Continue reading ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro – Book Review

‘The Outsider’ by Albert Camus – Mini Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Meursault will not pretend. After the death of his mother, everyone is shocked when he shows no sadness. And when he commits a random act of violence in Algiers, society is baffled. Why would this seemingly law-abiding bachelor do such a thing? And why does he show no remorse even when it … Continue reading ‘The Outsider’ by Albert Camus – Mini Book Review

‘The Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart. Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has … Continue reading ‘The Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller – Book Review

‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Book review

Blurb from Goodreads Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the … Continue reading ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Book review

‘To Bed with Grand Music’ by Marghanita Laski – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads To Bed with Grand Music is about sex in wartime. On the first page (a scene as compelling in its way as the five conception scenes at the beginning of Manja) Deborah and her husband are saying goodbye to each other before he is posted overseas. They swear undying loyalty, well, undying … Continue reading ‘To Bed with Grand Music’ by Marghanita Laski – Book Review

‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at … Continue reading ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger – Book Review

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee – Mini Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it. "To Kill A Mockingbird" became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later … Continue reading ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee – Mini Book Review