Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

I’m afraid I didn’t like this book very much. It wasn’t terrible and I don’t have particularly strong feelings about it but essentially it was just very ‘meh’. It is set in 1954 on the fictional, but realistic, island of San Piedro, off the coast of north-west America. A fisherman is found drowned in his nets and a Japanese-American man is accused of his murder. … Continue reading Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

 The Sellout by Paul Beatty

This is a fire-cracker of a book. The absolutely savage satire starts right from page 1 and it continues to rampage throughout the novel … and it is briliant. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read such a brutal critique of, well, anything! The only thing I can think of that comes remotely close is Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal which is almost a match for … Continue reading ┬áThe Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

This book was not what I expected. For a start, I thought that Carson was a man (she is not) and the title had me thinking of something Gatsby-esque. But this was not a love story. Or perhaps it is, but certainly not a conventional one. It is about John Singer, a deaf mute who becomes a confidant for several members of the community in … Continue reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

The World According to Garp by John Irving

I can’t describe how much I loved this book and John Irving’s exquisite story-telling. To try and summarise the plot of this novel would be pretty impossible but its complexity is what makes it such a great book. I love how throughout the whole novel I had no idea what was coming next – while many novels have unexpected twists, I usually find that the … Continue reading The World According to Garp by John Irving

The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner

This is a pretty difficult book. It’s definitely what you would call ‘literary’. I have now read it twice and I’m still not totally convinced I get it, so if you give it a go, it will take a little perseverance. However I actually really like it. The novel narrates the decline of the Compson family, an old aristocratic family from the American South, over … Continue reading The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner