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Book Reflections – The Collector Collector by Tibor Fischer

Under the Frog by Tibor Fischer was very entertaining for me. It was one of my first reads of the strange, comic, satirical skill of eastern European and Russian writers … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Sellout by Paul Beatty

After enjoying reading Paul Beatty’s The White Boy Shuffle, I left a gap of several books before reading the Man Booker Prize winning The Sellout. Once again Beatty impressed me … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – India Rising: Tales from a Changing Nation by Oliver Balch

I started reading about India with Freedom at Midnight, a comprehensive historical account of the partition of India from Pakistan. Since then I’ve read many novels by Indian authors and … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

When Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2017 I remembered how much I enjoyed reading Never Let You Go (and I was a disappointed that Haruki Murakami had … Continue reading

April 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Memories of a Marriage by Louis Begley

This is the second last in my series of books borrowed from section A-B of Canberra library. Memories of a Marriage is told by a novelist in his 70s who … Continue reading

March 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Ancient Light by John Banville

There’s no doubt that John Banville is a master of the English language. He uses a larger range of words than most writers and I enjoyed reaching for the dictionary … Continue reading

March 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Metroland by Julian Barnes

My book group read The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes last month and I remembered enjoying reading the book, especially the parts set during adolescence. When I saw … Continue reading

March 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Prince’s Boy by Paul Bailey

I fell for the old publisher’s trick of printing praise for a different novel by the same author on the back of a book. It’s because of the praise, that … Continue reading

March 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Concrete Island by JG Ballard

Concrete Island by JG Ballard is a compelling but disturbing read. This slim novel held my interest while nauseating me with descriptions of human suffering and cruelty. This is the … Continue reading

March 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Fifteen Dogs by AndrĂ© Alexis

Here’s another of my recent finds in the A-B section of Canberra library. I was drawn to Fifteen Dogs by the description. Who could resist a book about the nature … Continue reading

March 6, 2018 · Leave a comment