Our Man in Havana

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Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene

A friend of mine plonked a pile of books onto his dining room table as we were leaving his house as his “book recommendation”.  I then transferred this vertical stake into a horizontal on my book case as soon as we got home and didn’t think much more about them. Flash forward a few weeks and I was a little dry on the book front so picked the first one from this recommended list.

The only other Graham Greene I have read was The End of the Affair, which is one of the most beautiful reads I have experienced, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that this GG was in fact an superbly written black comedy.

It follows a British expat (Mr Wormold) in Havana who has a failing business,  a passively demanding teenage daughter and a few old time friends who are a little questionable in post war times.  He is recruited by MI6 to provide them with some valuable inside information on communist Cuba, which he accepts in order to make a bit of extra cash to fulfil his daughter’s needs….. the only problem being that Mr. Wormold’s mundane life doesn’t know any secrets that he could report back to MI6, so his imagination becomes the source.

It is hilarious! There were a few instances in which I laughed out loud. An episode I am particularly fond of is Mr Wormold’s appearance at a large house of a character he seemingly made up where he witnesses a domestic argument…but not between husband and wife as first believed. He then becomes the centre of the argument….all whilst barely saying a word.

A great book, 5 stars for sure! However, I feel that this book is a fabulous book hiding within a boring one. I started reading it without much hope and it took me a few chapters to really read between the lines and appreciate the style of writing, it is an unassuming comedy.

 

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The Horse Whisperer

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The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

I have just finished watching the film. After finishing the book I wanted to see it brought to life, but I am filled with regret. Why do I continue to sabotage my wonderful book experiences with the film adaptation?

I was so enthralled by the book, it was centred around my most favourite of animals and successfully captured the grace and intelligence of these magnificent creatures. The humans worked well too, with action, love  and more emotion than my watery eyes could bear.

It is the story of a young girl who was involved in a collision with a truck whilst she is out riding with her friend one early winter morning. Both her and her horse are left with physical and mental scars, needing the help of  a horse whisperer and his ranch to heal them both.

It is wonderfully written, and I finished it in no time at all, the fastest I have read a book in a long time.  Perhaps because I read it as a physical paperback.  The author is a apparently a film producer of sorts and this was his first written work. I think he clearly has a gift, I particularly enjoyed the way each chapter, although remaining in the third person, was from a different characters’ perspective.

The film though, save your pennies.

5 star

Far from the Madding Crowd

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Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

I love Thomas Hardy. I always thoroughly enjoy his books, knowing full well that my mind will easily produce a beautiful image thanks to his skill at elongating even the tiniest of details.  I revel in the depths of each character, enjoy looking at the landscapes he creates so expertly and his social conventions are insightful. I wish more modern authors would allow themselves to be influenced by late 19th Century writers…

Not my first time reading Far From the Madding Crowd, and it is by no means my favourite Hardy novel but I love his heroine characters. I read Bathsheba as strong and confident (whereas I am sure that my Husband would take her as fickle with a lack of life skills), she creates such a dynamic twist to the plot, almost as if Hardy struggles to keep up with her choices. The story is set in a rural town, with Bathesheba as the new owner of a farm after her Uncle died and left it to her. The story follows the relationship between her and her 3 very differing suitors; the first is simple but steadfast Gabriel Oak. The second a wealthy William Boldwood who owns the farm adjacent and finally there is the lustful Sergeant Troy. 

Bathesheba is a real woman, who has enough determination in life to run her farm, but simultaneously enough love in her heart to be wooed by a strapping young soldier. She makes mistakes and retributions. She is gossiped about yet highly respected. She has the brains to ensure the success of the farm and it’s workers yet she has the faith in God to see her through turbulent times.  I would like to think that she is one of the earliest fiesty characters in literature.

Like the first time I read Far from the Madding Crowd, I loved it.  I have a couple of favourite quotes; the first is Oak’s proclamation of love very early in the book;

“And at home by the fire, whenever you look up there I shall be— and whenever I look up, there will be you.
-Gabriel Oak”

I particularly like this as later on in the book, when Bathsheba is in turmoil she glances into Oak’s house to see him sitting by the fire, suggesting that his simple and constant love remains as steadfast and true as the day he revealed it.

The below quote I think is very poignant,

“It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.”
 Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

 

5 star

Sycamore Row

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Sycamore Row

Published: October 22, 2013, paperback July 2014

Author: John Grisham

A few months before reading this I read The Confession for the second time within less than 12 months. I never re-read books (unless it is Harry Potter).  So when I discovered Grisham had a new book out I was stomach butterfly excited!

I downloaded Sycamore Row as soon as I could and completely devoured the book like a lioness who has gone without zebra for weeks.  The book followed Jake Brigance, a solicitor introduced in an earlier book ‘A Time to Kill’.  I haven’t yet read A Time to Kill, however I happened upon the film one evening and was emotionally gripped, one of the best films I ever seen due to a dramatic storyline and a brilliant acting.

Back to Sycamore Row, it follows the aftermath of the death of a wealthy cancer stricken Southern man, Seth Hubbard,  leaving his estate to his black house cleaner and naming Jake Brigance as the estate’s solicitor.   Big sparks fly as Seth’s children and Grand children contest the decision made in his last, hand written Will claiming he was under duress or that he was too poorly to be in his right mind.

What is so superb about this story, is the way that Grisham can have you gripped to every word on the page as you eagerly urge the characters to discover just a thread of information.  A truely captivating read that once again draws on the racial segregation of Southern America.

I think the ending is the best part, you must read it!

5 star

Daughter

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Daughter by Jane Shemilt

It has taken me a while to type thoughts to blog. This is a hard hitting book and I think to provide a review half heartedly would somehow dishonor the story.  Plus, when a book leaves a lingering feeling of emptiness, how can one find the words to put into a review?

The book is centred around a missing girl and the subsequent deteriation of her whole family. It infuses past and present narrative to create a seamless flow of thoughts and memories, all from the mothers perspective.  When I bought this book, I didn’t realise the strength of the story I was about to unfold, it opens the door to an otherwise locked life, that of a parent with a missing child.  The way in which each character intereacts with each other is chilling, shocking, yet so real.

I could never have guessed the ending, but the way in which I got there was predictable. But not in a negative way. It was more Shemilt luring out my understanding of grief. We all know, have all seen tears on the TV news, in films and we all think we know what goes through peoples’ minds.  But to read it in such a raw and obvious way makes you realise that you know nothing. That you pray to God this will never happen to you.

In terms of the pace of the story, it is slow.  But you don’t need it to go any faster as the perfectly dovetails that of the trauma, fast in the beginning, slow and agonising in the middle, then normal and reluctant towards the end.

This book has a 3.6 on Goodreads. I think the problem lies in the fact that there isn’t a whole lot of action, just memories and anguish. People also don’t recognise the book as belonging to a typical genre, something Shemilt exaplins so well:

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Psychological suspense, (thriller/drama) is the nearest that I can get to placing the book, not a very  meaningful label  as so many books within this capacious scope are completely different from each other. My background is medical, I’m an ex- GP, my husband is a neurosurgeon. It was helpful to use this known world to create the back drop to both books, and some issues from that world become important. In Daughter: the dangers of labelling, of short cuts, doctors playing God.  But Daughter isn’t a medical drama; it’s a story about a missing girl and the themes of grief, loss, harmful secrets, betrayal and fear do resonate with others in this genre.

An extract from her website.

I am giving this book 5 stars because I think it is brilliantly written, it demonstrates a real talent from Shemilt and I can’t believe this is only her debut.

5 star

Dear Daughter

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Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

A few weeks ago Stylist magazine published an article on the best books that have fallen below the radar in 2014, of which I instantaneously ripped out and stuffed it into my handbag. I couple of weeks later I then perused the page again with a smug, self congratulatory air and named Dear Daughter as the first book I would devour.

 Consumed within a couple of days, I could not put this book down. I revelled in the re-awakening of an addiction, which hadn’t flared up for some time.  It was such an unusual read, as though I were watching an interview on E-Entertainment with the same digression and memories a person would have if they were sat in front you.  There was also supporting evidence thrown in for weight such as Twitter feeds, news articles and texts which entertained the E-news similarity.  Elizabeth Little is an artist when it comes to setting up and delivering cliff hangers, I thought I predicted the climax. But I was wrong, and that felt so good!

It is the story of a wealthy American-Swiss Socialite who is jailed for murdering her philanthropist Mother.  It starts with her release 10 years later.

An excellent read, written in a modern, swearing way which usually I would have steered clear from. I will say this, missing words occur regularly.

5 star

An Officer and a Spy

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An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

Last year I read The Ice King and it wasn’t until I had finished the book that I realised the target audience was the male reader. Now that I can recognise the traits, I immediately cogitated this book as for men. Well, in all honesty it must be fairly obvious considering the first chapter was completely dominated by a military situation which involved a lot of military terms and phrases. I contemplated throwing in the towel and moving onto something more appealing to my female mind (feminists please don’t attack me).

I am glad I continued and endured the first few chapters of words that flew completely over my head, thinking to myself, “I am sure it will all come together”. And come together it did. The story then became fascinating, and I fell whole heartedly into Harris’ mindset, timeframe and location. Thinking about the characters whilst reading and then each time I put the book down I simply couldn’t get enough of when the next crucial revelation was arriving and from where.

The story is set on the Dreyfus Affaire, a true story about a Jew punished for allegedly being a traitor in the French army passing secret information to the Germans by being sent to live in squalid conditions on a remote island near the Faulklands.  If you google the story you will discover that Dreyfus was in fact innocent and the story details the discovery of his guiltlessness and the extremes people went to both punish and save him and those around him.

A truly fascinating read that both shocked and taught me about this infamous scandal.  I highly recommend this book.

5 star

Time to Kill

I recently re-read The Confession and I rarely read any book twice let alone within a year of finishing the book the first time. I am pleased to say the book was just as gripping the second time round and I think I even appreciated it more.

Then, a few weeks ago I watched Time to Kill by John Grisham. It was superb, one of the best films I have ever seen. Pure acting with plenty of famous faces to add even more credit.

The story of a black man shooting two white men dead as they rapped his daughter, a white lawyer defending in a racially segregated southern American town. A gripping watch that had me on the edge of my seat and in tears.

I highly recommend it!!

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The feeling you get when you read a book that has completely consumed you and you then watch the trailer to the film.

Coupled with the knowledge that this profound story is true!!!

I am reading Tracks by Robyn Davidson and I cannot put it down, it has me gripped at the very core of everything emotional and I have just found out it is a true story which makes continuing to read it feel like a gift!

It recently mentioned in the book her relationship with National Geographic, I have found that first copy:

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And the film creative:
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Me: “I need a new book to read”

Him: “I’m reading the Perks of Being a Wallflower, it is really good”

Me: “How?”

Him: “Don’t know, just is, read it”

 Not the best sales pitch I have to admit, and no matter how hard I tried to squeeze out information, he simply couldn’t articulate why he liked this book so much, which is saying something as he is naturally verbose! I didn’t have any other ideas as to what to pursue next so I downloaded and began reading then also became addicted.

The book is written in the first person, a teenager writing to a friend at regular intervals. We never find out who the friend is nor why he writes but he uses the letters as a way of externalising his thoughts and feelings, something he struggles to do in daily life.

 What is fascinating about this book is that we are only privy to a segment of his life, and yet we learn so much about him and his life, embark on a journey together. Discovering things about him just as he discovers them himself, I am sure the friend he writes to is the reader and it made me feel almost special knowing that I understand him in a way his friends and family struggle to.

The letters finish when he realises and remembers everything, I won’t elaborate in case you want to read it, and I strongly suggest you do!

5 star

 

The End of the Affair

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The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

This book was bugging me. Well not the book but my boyfriend, constantly telling me I should read it.  I asked him why? He couldn’t say, but assured me it was a great read. So thanks to his clear hidden talent for sales I downloaded it (Ha, there used to be a time one would buy or borrow a book).

I was blown away, Greene is no author. He is an artist! The story seamlessly flitters between the present and various stages in the past.  It is really hard to review this book without revealing anything about the plot, it also has a bizarre ending that leaves so much to the reader to attain closure.

I know it may seem like a strange review, with no substance. But this book blew me away with it’s sheer brilliance. Talent.

5 star

12 years a slave

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12 years a slave by Solomon Northup

The whole world is talking about 12 years a slave, the film not the book. Pestered to go and see the film I thought I would read the book beforehand, so as to appreciate the full narrative in my own time before being subject to someone else’s vision. I thought the book was compelling, there were moments when I couldn’t put the kindle down. It was the type of story that resounded in my thoughts all day long after having read during my morning commute.

I had heard that there are scenes in the film that are perhaps a little too brutally honest.  Although the story was hard to digest, it wasn’t because of the graphic scenes the narrator depicts. I have read a few historical fictions, autobiographies and memories on the ‘slave trade’ and no matter what scene unfolds within the words what disgusts me most is that I don’t believe I see guilt in the American population today. I completely understand that Britain had a part but we did not follow in their inhumane footsteps and we realised far sooner the wrong.

How many slavery films have been made? Wikipedia says 29, yet how many films on war? Hundreds. And now Hollywood have made a multi million dollar production with a no doubt more conservative approach to the story and all of sudden the world remembers? But, if a visual representation is what is needed to bring this level of inflicted suffering to the forefront of history…..

What a rant! I just hate it when truth gets glossed over in nice rose tinted glasses.

5 star

His Dark Materials Trilogy

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His Dark materials Trilogy: The Golden Compass (Northern Lights), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

I am still suffering an almost quixotic heartbreak after finishing the final installment of this ingenious trilogy. It was such a sad ending, that brought tears to my eyes and an empathetic pain in my heart for poor Lyra and Will who carried this story to fruition. I say fruition, but there wasn’t actually a definitive ending. Just a love story left open, forever; “I will love you for ever, whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again…”

I have never read a story so brilliantly creative, it was amazing to visualize and watch in my head as I read. These books are directed at teens/young adults and after reading about Philip I have come to learn that he values Children; “There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book.”
― Philip Pullman

I completely agree, it is only as a child or a young adult that you can fully appreciate the wonder of these books. Most adults would think the story was stupid and that children shouldn’t be filled with such unrealistic ideas.  But where is the harm in believing that we have a soul that we can talk to, or that friendship is a stronger bond than any other or that a promise is a promise!

Why o why did they not make the second and third in the series into films!? I heard on the grapevine that The Golden Compass was a bit of a flop in the cinema and the Church sabotaged the sequels being created. I thought this was a little far fetched, however, after finishing the books I can see how the Church would render any reader a heretic, which is a ridiculous statement I know as it is just a book….but I do question whether Philip was massively anti religion. The below are just some examples of anti-religious elements in the book;

  • After death you need to tell true stories to free your soul, there is no heaven or hell just release into the atoms of earth
  • The angels; Baruch and Blathamos, the same sex, lovers who help Will find Lyra
  • Naming our souls daemons and having them as a part of our being as opposed to something to tempt us.
  • “Ah, but i knew about them. I used to be nun, you see. I though physics could be done to the glory of God, till I saw there wasn’t any God at all and that physics was more interesting anyway. The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that’s all.” Mary Malone
  • “I stopped believing there was a power of good and a power of evil that were outside us. And I came to believe that good and evil are names for what people do, not for what they are.” Mary Malone

YET:

“I think it’s perfectly possible to explain how the universe came about without bringing God into it, but I don’t know everything, and there may well be a God somewhere, hiding away. Actually, if he is keeping out of sight, it’s because he’s ashamed of his followers and all the cruelty and ignorance they’re responsible for promoting in his name. If I were him, I’d want nothing to do with them.”

Do you know what, I think this book is massively open to interpretation, it is hard to even review as there are so many layers to these books, my favorite I think is the love story. Who doesn’t fall for a love story?

One final note, I wish I had a daemon in the form of an animal.

5 star

The Subtle Knife

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The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Number 2 of His Dark Materials trilogy, picking up from the where Northern Lights left us and in the same way that the first book kept me completely and utterly spellbound.  This story line is becoming increasingly more intricate and complex, it amazes me just how far Pullman’s imagination can stretch, and then remember all of the little details to help keep everything together and making sense. 

I am now a quarter of the way through the final book, after only starting it yesterday evening. I will provide you with a full review of the whole trilogy very soon!!!! I love these books. 

5 star

 

 

 

 

The Handmaid’s Tale

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I quote myself  “Would I ever read another dystopian? Unlikely. Would I read Margaret Atwood again, I think so” from my Oryx and Crake book review.

I can’t tell you what made me pick up another dystopian book, I just had an urge to read Margaret Atwood. Her writing style is so different that in a way it is a nice break from reading an ordinary novel. I guess it is like watching TV all day then going out for a walk, Margaret Atwood in a strange way is a breath of fresh air.

The Handmaid’s Tale is a piece of art. You only understand the reason for the story telling format at the end, but it didn’t matter, I willingly adopted the alternative  style which includes not using speech marks. It was like reading a transcript…..(little spoiler there for you).

I didn’t find this depiction of a near future state scary, as I did Oryx and Crake, because I could never imagine women allowing ourselves to be as submissive as Atwood suggests. We have come too far to let it all go and revert back to men ruling the world and controlling us. But, it certainly is an idea as to what could happen should our world change so dramatically that it effects our health and fertility.

A film has been made, I will definitely be renting this and reviewing it. I love bringing books to life AFTER I have read them.

A 5 star book, awarded on Atwood’s talent more than story, a gripping tale nonetheless.

What Papa Told Me

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What Papa Told Me by Felice Cohen

After reading Anne Frank’s diary, and then the afterward I felt I needed to know more about the Holocaust. When I searched my kindle store for a non fiction book about the subject I was surprised by how few there were, but after reading What Papa Told Me I realise that it isn’t just the survivors that have difficulty in bringing their horrific memories to the forefront of their lives again but we, as mere readers struggle to come to terms with a reality we can’t ever comprehend.

I will be honest, there were several moments when I felt I could not go on, that perhaps this book was too much for my 21st century life, but I carried on because I felt I owed it to them, the survivors, to listen. Reading this book as a first hand account gives so much more than any history book can, this is a human being who lay among corpses in order to survive, who lost his parents, brothers and sisters, who witnessed cold blooded murders and yet still wanted to tell us about his experiences and to him we must be grateful.

I highly recommend this book, it isn’t very long but I believe that as children of the 20th century we owe it to the survivors because they suffered so we now don’t…..even writing this has bought more tears to my eyes.

I would also like to highlight Felice Cohen’s talent for writing and I have no doubt that this was difficult for her.

5 star

 

 

 

 

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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

I couldn’t remember if I had read this as a child or not, but felt that regardless this book deserved a second, more mature read and now as an adult I can fully appreciate this beautiful diary.

It is a marvel to read, listening to a young girl’s thoughts and feelings, watching her not only grow up but also fall simultaneously, deep into a sense of loneliness and despair.  But her story is not a tragic one, but a voice given to the millions of people who suffered during the second world war. Her face has now become synonymous with freedom and it was the afterward of her diary that brought tears to my eyes. Anne Frank wanted to be a writer, she wanted to be remembered after her death, and now, as one of the most famous faces (and names) of the 20th Century she has outlived history and has become a symbol of hope and learning.

Many of us have read this book at school as children or young adults, I really urge you to re-read it because as life brings us knowledge and empathy I felt  during this second reading that I understood why this book is a piece of art in a terrible slice of history.

And now, I feel must pilgrimage to Amsterdam so that I can visit The Secret Annex, walk the same corridors and stand in her room, contemplate the fate of those unfortunate, innocent 8 people. Because in reading her diary you feel that you are with her and that as the diary comes to an abrupt end you too have suffered a loss.  But she has surpassed even her own dreams and become timeless, forever a young, hopeful girl WRITER!.

5 star

Kaffir Boy

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Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane

I chose this book because I wanted to know more about the Apartheid regime after reading History in an Hour’s South Africa, and my goodness did I learn a lot!

Words fail to emit from my finger tips when I think of this book. The only way I can describe my experience reading Kaffir boy is to relay the emotions I felt throughout.

When I started reading it I was shocked at the appalling conditions Mark depicted regarding his home, his town and way of life. To say his family lived in poverty is a massive understatement, the Mathabane family along with millions of other families lived as 4th class citizens. Everyday was a quest for survival, fighting starvation, disease and unemployment wearing only rags and sleeping on cardboard at night with the rats.

As I read on and learnt about the treatment of the black community by the ‘whites’ I was angry! I felt as though I was teething with rage that in the 20th century people were still being treated like this!! Just 40 years ago! my rage kept growing as I was subject to account after account of violent experiences, royally unfair classifications and dam right inhumane regard…..his grandmother had to wipe the steps of a bus because Mark had accidently stood on it!

Then, whilst Mark remained calm and collected retelling his enlightening story I was breaking down for him. I was on the tube and I cried when he told of the event that led to thousands of children to be killed, it started as a peaceful student march and it turned into whites massacring black people.  When I learnt that countries around the world were boycotting South Africa’s trade, sports, policies… due to the treatment of their citizen, I was proud and I placed myself among one of these nations and believed that my anger could contribute to the abolishment of this satanic regime.

Finally, as Marks’ life began to ameliorate, I cried again. When he went to school, when he got accepted into a scholarship scheme for secondary school, when he walked out on the tennis court and made history and then finally when his dream came true.

Never have I been so emotionally affected by a book, a true story that is beautifully written. Mark has an amazing gift of retaining his dignity despite the very undignified story he is retelling.  A man that has made history for himself as well as his country and when I feel emotionally stable again I will read another of his many books.

Thank you Mark.

5 star

The best discovery since my Kindle…..History in an hour!

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I have made a fantastic discovery, an e-book series called History in an Hour.

With a boyfriend in the military it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to avoid the war jargon and historical references he comes out with, the reason for avoidance is I do not understand what he is saying!! Or more specifically, I cannot contribute to the conversation. So I decided to brush up on my military history and I stumbled upon History in an Hour and ended up downloading several at once. In 1 week I have read 5 of the 25 books in the series, finishing a book in a day (using the daily commute as my reading time). With the tag line “History for busy people”, I could not ignore them.

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To be honest I was fairly knowledgeable of the chain of events that sparked both the first and the second world wars but with the direct and concise approach to the books I learnt facts that made me say “huh..?” (with a nod).  The other book topics I know next to nothing about but have since been reciting many factoids…proudly.

There are so many books in the series, ranging from Tudor history to current world changing events. I have also found a series called Philosophy in an Hour (I think by the same publishers) and since I have always wanted to read Aristotle, but considered his works rather daunting to say the least, I have excitedly downloaded Aristotle: Philosophy in an Hour.

Download these books now! For next to nothing cost wise….what’s stopping you!?

5 star

Life of Pi – film review

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Life of Pi – the film directed by Ang Lee

Life of Pi is probably the best book I have ever read, if not THE best. I was absolutely absorbed by Pi and his adventure at sea and every page was a cliff hanger.  So I have been bursting with excitement ever since I heard the book was being adapted for the big screen.

Last Sunday I saw it. I opted for 2D as watching a film through those glasses irritates me. The film was visually spectacular, bringing to life all my imaginations of the book, the animals and his state of mind. It was full of colour and a strange sort of serenity despite the obscure predicament.  The film did not feel like 2 hours long and I thought the narrative was spot on. Not too cheesy but gentle, encouraging, leaving the audience to ponder alone when needed. I still cannot get over the effects of this film, simply beautiful.

I would say however that to really appreciate the film I would highly recommend reading the book as for a long while the film had Pi out at sea and we glimpsed episodes that were so much more eventful in the book. As I said, the book is an absolute page turner and that essence I do not feel was well reflected in the film…..but oh my the colours and CGI are impeccable.

I also usually get really irritated at film adaptations (Do not get me started on Warhorse). But I am happy with Life of Pi. Thank you Ang Lee.

5 star