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Calcutta, Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in extremist political activism. Compelled by an idealistic desire to change his life and the world around him, all he leaves behind before disappearing is this note. Book Cover Design, Book Design, Reading Lists, Book Lists, Reading Room, Series Gratis, New Books, Books To Read, The Lives Of Others

Neel Mukherjee || The Lives of Others

**** It takes stamina to finish The Lives of Others. It is definitely not for the faint-hearted amongst us. Mukherjee confronts us with a world in which tradition and development clash. He takes us along in the intricate Grosh family and relates their world to that of India and a militant communistic party. He makes us see that a wealthy and supposedly important family that adheres to the strict rule of caste creates its own downfall by taking wrong decisions and clinging to the past.

The language of the invaded in Paul Kingsnorth’s The Wake Post Apocalyptic Novels, Books To Read, My Books, The Spectre, Beach Reading, Book Cover Design, Reading Lists, The Guardian

Paul Kingsnorth || The Wake

**** I wonder how native speakers experience The Wake. I felt that I was taken along by a bard who kept me spellbound; having to read the novel aloud probably added to this experience. I realized that it was the best way to understand what Kingsnorth had written in his version of old-english.time. Kingsnorth gave his sentences a rhythm which made it almost like reading poetry. I do not know whether Kingsnorth was aware of this effect, for me it definitely added to the experience of The Wake.

Books, Novels and Historical Fiction written by Ned Hayes and Nicholas Hallum. Literary Fiction and Dark Fantasy. Good Books, Books To Read, My Books, Best Books Of 2014, Thing 1, Historical Fiction, The Guardian, Nonfiction, Book Worms

Ali Smith || How to Be both

**** How to Be Both is poetic, philosophical and challenges its reader. In return the reader is rewarded with a love story, albeit one structured and told in a significantly different way. I was deeply touched by George and her sorrow, I rooted for Francesco’s goal to become a famous painter. I was sad when I turned the last page.

Guess what's a finalist for the National Book Award? The book we are reading this year for Lake Oswego Reads: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr! Book Club Books, Book Lists, Books To Read, My Books, Love Book, This Book, Anthony Doerr, All Of The Lights, National Book Award

**** Set in The Second World War Doerr takes us along in the lives of two young people. His story gets romantic and tragic never tacky.

Read "Burial Rites A Novel" by Hannah Kent available from Rakuten Kobo. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal. This Is A Book, I Love Books, Great Books, The Book, Books To Read, My Books, Hannah Kent, Australian Authors, Historical Fiction

Baileys Women’s Prize List in a nutshell

**** An austere novel that impresses because of its description of life in Iceland in the 19th century. You can practically feel the cold and the darkness seeping through the pages. Burial Rites clearly shows that life in a farming society in cold and dark Iceland was no picnic, Burial Rites also shows that in those farming societies unexpected friendships could grow.

Laste Ned eller Lese På Net Americanah Bok Gratis PDF/ePub - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The bestselling novel—and one of Barack Obama’s summer reading picks—from the award-winning author of We. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Good Books, Books To Read, My Books, Maya Angelou, This Is A Book, The Book, Reading Lists, Book Lists

Baileys Women’s Prize List in a nutshell

**** A complex novel that combines a number of topics so skillfully that it was an absolute delight to read. Although the topics are not easy and Adichie could easily have turned militant, she avoids all pitfalls. Her main protagonist, Ifemelu is an opiniated woman but never feels the urge to fight for just causes in person. In her blogs she challenges people to think about racial discrimation, corruption and personal choices. One of those choices is how to wear your hair.

Booktopia has The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. Buy a discounted Paperback of The Buried Giant online from Australia's leading online bookstore. Books To Buy, New Books, Good Books, Books To Read, Best Summer Reads, Best Beach Reads, Never Let Me Go, Beach Reading, Reading Challenge

Kazuo Ishiguro || The Buried Giant

A mystical tale about the right to remember. In the post-Arthurian world a spell is cast making people forget, and thereby making people not want to fight. Ishiguro subtly makes his readers think about their right to decide for themselves.

Book Cover // The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen. Read cover with yellow text and an illustration of a girl sitting in a doll house Best Book Covers, Beautiful Book Covers, Books To Read, My Books, Emma Donoghue, Life Affirming, Page Turner, My True Love, Love Reading

Grace McCleen || The Land of Decoration

**** Judith is the daughter of fanatics who believe the world is going to end soon. This means that she is the logical victim of the class bully. A psychiatrist would have a field day with Judith, as a reader I felt very worried for her. A series of events leads to her almost committing suicide. Judith is a sweet girl being overwhelmed by circumstances beyond her control. I was relieved she and her father were given a 2nd chance, it was the right way to end this remarkable novel.

history of the rain - niall williams Best Book Club Books, Good Books, Books To Read, My Books, Todays Reading, Popular Books, Live In The Now, Staying Alive, Book Lists

Sarah Waters || The Paying Guests

**** The 1st sentence set the tone of a novel describing Ireland, the incessant rain, family and literature. Williams never crosses the line between melodrama and literature. Ruth Swain is the perfect marriage between Emily Dickinson, Marian Keyes and Jimmy Rabbitte. I loved the references and quotes. I can imagine a reader who is less into literature experiencing an overload. I hope that he will bear with Ruth. In that case the reader will be rewarded with a lovingly written novel.

Alanna says: Historical fiction that is gritty, sexy, and beautiful. Waters is perfect and so is this story - hands down the best book I have read in at least 5 years. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. Best Books Of 2014, New Books, Good Books, Books To Read, Fall Books, Historical Fiction Novels, Fiction Books, Literary Fiction, Literary Quotes

Sarah Waters || The Paying Guests

**** One thing one can say about Sarah Waters, she knows how to write a fast track novel. The emotional turmoil that is caused by two women falling in love is enormous. One can feel Frances’ anguish exuding from the pages. Her emotions (fear, doubt, anger) are real and convincing. It takes Waters’ talent to write it down in such a convincing way. I loved The Paying Guests: it was an emotional rollercoaster thundering to its finale.

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt - From the internationally bestselling author comes a provocative novel about a female artist and the way prejudice, money, fame, and desire shape what we see in one another. Best Books Of 2014, New Books, Good Books, Books To Read, Book Cover Design, Book Design, Reading Lists, Book Lists, Reading 2014

Siri Hustvedt || The Blazing World

**** Hustvedt set herself a serious task: she questions ‘are female artists recognized less than their male counterparts?’. Her main character, Harry Burden is convinced that her career as an artist was thwarted in this way. Harry decides to prove that female artists are judged differently and uses three men as covers. Hustvedt's is not an easy novel. It asks you to pay attention and makes you question things.

**** Just imagine you have left India to go and live in the United States of America with your parents and older brother. All is going swell and then your brother dives into a pool and ends up with severe brain damage. Despite everything you do well. Family Life could easily have ended up a tearjerker if it were not for Sharma writing in a subdued and almost detached way that borders irony at several points. It is a subtle jewel that utterly convinces. Your Brother, Family Life, Jewel, Brain, Parents, About Me Blog, United States, India, America

Akhil Sharma || Family Life

**** Just imagine you have left India to go and live in the United States of America with your parents and older brother. All is going swell and then your brother dives into a pool and ends up with severe brain damage. Despite everything you do well. Family Life could easily have ended up a tearjerker if it were not for Sharma writing in a subdued and almost detached way that borders irony at several points. It is a subtle jewel that utterly convinces.

The Snow Queen/Michael Cunningham A heartbroken man turns to religion after seeing a vision in the sky above Central Park while his musician brother takes drugs he thinks will help him compose a ballad for his seriously ill wife. Used Books, Books To Read, My Books, Literary Fiction, Fiction Books, Snow Queen, Queen Queen, Michael Cunningham, Thing 1

Michael Cunningham || The Snow Queen

**** The Snow Queen is a modern fairy tale, one in which hardly anything happens. Cunningham has written beautifully about it though. In The Snow Queen two brothers muddle through life; neither one of them has lived up to his promise. Cunningham paints a bleak picture of two men dealing with disappointment and sorrow. He gives the reader beautifully written paragraphs on death and bereavement, on literature and philosophy, on friends and lovers.

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Baileys Women’s Prize List in a nutshell

**** An austere novel, dealing with loyalty to country and ‘Führer’ and loyalty to family and friends, most frequently losers in The Undertaking. The war is all consuming, it takes first place always. Magee makes it very clear that it is the loyal soldier who suffers the hardships. There are no heroes in The Undertaking, just plain civilians who do as they are told.

Helen Dunmore - Orange Prize winner, The Siege. Writer of fiction, poetry, short stories, childrens literature. Author of House of Orphans and Ingo Good Books, Books To Read, My Books, Best Books Of 2014, Lead Soldiers, The Siege, Children's Literature, Higher Education, Fiction

Helen Dunmore || The Lie

**** Dunmore has written a stark novel that impresses through its subtle and flawless switches between present and past. It allows Dunmore to paint a beautiful friendship between two boys with completely different backgrounds. It also allows her to paint the atrocity of a war in which officers lead soldiers to a certain death. The Lie is foremost a novel about two friends discovering the depths of their feelings, the war a mere – though harsh – instrument in this discovery.

Five Star Billionaire A Novel by Tash Aw -- An expansive, eye-opening novel that captures the vibrancy of China today. New Books, Good Books, Books To Read, Billionaire Books, Billionaire Lifestyle, China Today, Summer Reading Program, Five Star, Country Boys

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**** Bepaald niet makkelijk dit boek van Tasha Aw. Vijf verschillende personages die niet altijd in dezelfde tijdlijn blijken te opereren en doorspekt met flashbacks. Sjanghai is de constante factor. Een stad in opkomst waar het moeite kost om te overleven. Corruptie, uitbuiting en machtsmisbruik zijn aan de orde van de dag.