The Road

I was going to write about a different book at this point, but last night I sat down and started reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy and could put it down, I read the whole book cover to cover in one sitting!

This book is so not my typical read, set in a postapocalyptic America, there is something almost sci-fi about.   However, it is the relationships between the father and son that I found totally captivating.   Throughout their journey I found myself feeling a part of the struggles and hardships that they were living through.  I also found myself petrified that they wouldn’t make it to their destination.

The writing style is  very interesting and the lack of some punctuation points seemed very appropriate for the to of the book.  In a setting full of emptiness, the emptiness on the page made complete sense to me.

I wonder how the movie is going to be?  I think it will be very interesting, and dark.

I would definitely recommend this book. I realize that this book has received much praise, winning a Pulitzer Prize and being a part of Oprah’s book club, so if you haven’t read it already because of these reasons, read it because I assure you it will not disappoint. 

Happy Reading!!!

Published in: on March 13, 2010 at 10:40 am  Leave a Comment  

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This book was recommended to my by my mother (who recommends most of the books I read, as well as being my supplier).  It actually sat on my bookshelf for over a year before I decided to take it on holiday with me, thinking it would be a nice light read.

When I started reading I didn’t know how popular it was.  It wasn’t until I’d finished the book that I found out how popular it was, and here I was thinking I’d discovered some sort of hidden literary treasure.

I truly loved this book, and have since recommended it to many of my friends, not being able to actually find a copy of it here, I’ve had to lend out mine to a number of people, thankfully it has returned it very good shape. 

The story follows the lives of the islanders of Guernsey during its occupation by the Nazis during World War II.  Guernsey was the only part of England to be occupied, which I think makes for a very interesting setting.  The stories of these people are what makes up most of the plot of the book, however, for me, the interesting thing is how these stories are told.  The story is told in an epistolary style, meaning through a series of letters.  The whole book is letters and it is through these correspondences that we learn about how the occupation effected the people of Guernsey and how they survived it.

As I said earlier, I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who wants to be entertained while learning something.  (Don’t worry Jaime, I’m sending it to you as soon as I get to the post office!)

Happy Reading! and Let me know what you’ve thought of this one!

Published in: on March 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

To the beginning…

As I started to look around my house at the pile of books that can be found EVERYWHERE, I found myself thinking, ‘what am I going to do with all of these books when we move? Well, the short answer is storage.  I’ve somehow accumulated a large quantity of books in my eight years in Turkey, and thought that I would review them here, thus sharing my thoughts and feelings on many of the books I have read throughout my life. 

The thing is, living in a foreign country has opened my eyes to many different types of books and has left me ‘behind the times’ when it comes to bestsellers.  Therefore, this blog is a book review of a variety of books that have crossed my path. 

I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts and opinions with all of you, and hope that you will add some of  your own.

Published in: on March 6, 2010 at 11:04 am  Comments (2)