Thursday, September 25, 2014

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me GoNever Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I will be honest and say that I did not like the book. The way it was written is my first complaint and secondly, writers seem to have a "new way" of writing. They will start at the end, move to the beginning, go somewhere in the middle and keep hinting at things. That can be ok for awhile, but when it continues throughout the book, it becomes a chore to read.

The reason I read books (generally) is that I become attached to the characters. I couldn't find any redeeming features in any character in this book.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada

Every Man Dies AloneEvery Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well my goodness, this will be a hard review to write. I had not heard of this writer previously, although I did have his book, Little Man, What Now? on my tbr list and not sure why.

The story itself is so real. It is hard to find the proper words to describe this day to day life in Berlin before and during WWII. A simple couple whose only son, a soldier, was killed, feel so helpless to do anything about the problem in Germany that the only thing they can think of is to write propaganda post cards and let them drop where others would find them.

The story takes us deep into the German people's everyday lives and what they were suffering.

The book is written from start to finish. What I mean by that is that there are no author "tricks" in making you think that you missed something, and books starting in the middle, going to the end and back to the beginning and hinting at things all the time. It is written in an honest and straightforward manner, which in most opinions, is the best way to write a story.

This is not a story though, its a true account with documents to prove it.

An excellent read and also something to open the mind and heart.

The author himself lost his own struggle before the book was published.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Hell by Jeffrey Archer (Prison Diary #1)

Hell (A Prison Diary #1)Hell by Jeffrey Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a wonderful diary of Mr. Archer's first few weeks in Belmarsh Prison in England. He has learned so much, much more than you can learn from your armchair and he has become very sympathetic to his fellow inmates. He was put in the "lifers" section with the belief that life prisoners just want a quiet life and will protect the more vulnerable.

I am looking forward to reading the second Prison Diary "Purgatory".

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Review: The Other Side of the Bridge

The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson My rating: 5 of 5 stars A beautifully written novel. A book ...