This is a deeply moving, beautifully written novel. The characters are so real and the plot so intrinsically thought out that it feels like real life; an autobiography of a particularly interesting nature.
Based in both South Carolina and Italy, Jack has moved away from his destructive family and family-in-law to try to raise his young daughter without their influence in Italy, after a family tragedy. But the past has a way of pulling you in…
This fascinating and well-researched book is set in the Ice Age, during the dawn of humankind. A young homo sapiens (90% sure she is anyway!) named Ayla is separated from her family during a pre-historic earthquake, and is adopted by a Neanderthal family. Fiction with just enough historic accuracy to be interesting.
I had my first literary crush while reading this book. Cal OWNS dark and broody with deep issues about stuff. Push your way through the loooooooong description of scenery in the beginning (I found it beautiful; my brother, boring) because the characters and plot are enthralling.
We never learn the main character’s name, but we do know the name of her husband’s deceased wife and her rival: Rebecca. Rebecca, who haunts the halls of Manderley Place; Rebecca, who’s name is on every servant’s lips; Rebecca, that every neighbour loved; Rebecca – her husband’s only true love? But no, my dear, this story is much darker than that…
“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.”
This book is both hilarious and tragic. To quote Bernard Black from the British TV show ‘Black Books’: “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, it’ll change your life!”
Raymond Marks is hitch-hiking across the UK; a last-ditch attempt at adventure before starting his new job as a construction worker. The entire novel is composed of letters to Morrisey from The Smiths.
“There were times I could really have murdered her/ But you know I would hate anything to happen to her/ No I don’t want to see her…”
Though I normally hate the letter format in novels, this works very well. It intertwines the present and past beautifully and dramatically. Light, but moving.
Three words: beautiful, romantic, Jane Austen. MUST READ!
Granted, it gets pretty confusing. The narrative switches between both characters AND times during World War II. But it’s well worth giving a bash. The characters and situations are funny; thought often the war and the events in it are not.
This is where the term Catch-22 came from – damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
That’s enough for now… Will write about the other eight at a later date (haha! That rhymes!)