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Book Reflections – The Story of the Lost Child

This is the final book in the series by Elena Ferrante about the friendship between Elena and Lila, growing up in Naples, love, motherhood, marriage, and poverty. You can read … Continue reading

December 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall

Brady Udall has shown a wonderful talent in writing this captivating and unique novel. He sits alongside J.D. Salinger, Lionel Shriver and D.B.C. Pierre in creating a believable teenage boy … Continue reading

November 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Silent House by Orhan Pamuk

Nobel prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk is incredibly gifted. My Name is Red is a very dense book that often lost me in its intricate details about miniature painting in the … Continue reading

November 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – On Horseback Through Asia Minor by Fred Burnaby 

The book opens in the characteristic way of Burnaby’s writing, without any introduction, that I found in A Ride to Khiva. Frederick Burnaby wrote this book about his thousand-mile winter journey … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby

Eric Newby was captured in the sea off the coast from Catania after failing to find his submarine after a special mission to sabotage German aircraft in 1942. He was … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Memories from my childhood – My first bike

There wasn’t any flat ground on our farm so I was late learning to ride a bicycle. I was aware that I was the only kid at school that couldn’t ride. When … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Bay of Noon by Shirley Hazzard

Have you heard of Shirley Hazzard? I hadn’t but I saw a slim paperback with an attractive cover at the library with the following quote “One of the greatest writers … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Memories from my childhood – Paralysis ticks

When we moved into the shed on our farm we had a sweet small dog named Rosie. I can remember Rosie lovingly following my father around while we walked up … Continue reading

October 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker

I heard of Swiss novelist Joël Dicker on the BBC World Book Club episode about his very successful novel The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. When I saw the English translation … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 4 Comments

Book Reflections – The Elephant’s Journey by José Saramago

I read the English translation by Margaret Jull Costa of José Saramago’s historical novel The Elephant’s Journey. I don’t know what the original Portuguese version is like but the English … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment