Swing Time by Zadie Smith

I really wanted to like this book and I had been looking forward to reading it since I picked up my copy. I love the jacket and thought the blurb sounded great. Unfortunately this novel did not live up to expectations and I didn’t really enjoy reading it. It wasn’t bad, by any stretch – there are some wonderful bits of writing and some interesting, … Continue reading Swing Time by Zadie Smith

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I loved The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (see my review here), even though it is a book that seems to polarise opinion, so I thought it was about time that I read Tartt’s 1992 modern classic, The Secret History. The story is about a group of college students and what happens when they murder one of their friends. This sounds like it should be a … Continue reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt

 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  The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Falling Man by Don Delillo

I’d been interested to read something by Don Delillo for a while but after reading Falling Man, I’m not sure I’d read anything else. I was intrigued to read a novel about 9/11 that faced it head on, rather than skirting the issue like I felt that ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ did, but overall, I found this novel to be just as empty as … Continue reading Falling Man by Don Delillo