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

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

I liked this book but I almost didn’t make it to the end. It is about Dorrigo Evans, a Tasmanian doctor who survives his experience as a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp during the second world war. The novel recounts the struggle and the horror of the camps and how the prisoners were forced to work building the Burmese railway. The human suffering described in this … Continue reading The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

This was a book that I enjoyed, not only because it was a good story, but because I felt like I learnt something new while I was reading it. A Tale for the Time Being is about Ruth (perhaps an autobiographical element here, I don’t know), a Japanese Canadian writer who lives on a remote Canadian island. One day she discovers something unusual on her … Continue reading A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

This novel was everything you expect from a Margaret Atwood novel. An imaginative dystopian world, a witty critique of modern society and some great humour mixed in with the warning about human nature. The Heart Goes Last is about Stan and Charmaine, a couple living in a futuristic world (not too dissimilar from our own) where everything has gone pretty wrong. Stan has lost his … Continue reading The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

I’ve had a crazy busy couple of weeks which is why it’s taken me so long to read this book. That said, it’s definitely not a quick read kind of book. It’s intellectual and can be quite dense at times as there are references – and often academic ones – to history, philosophy and literature throughout. It is a non-linear novel that is incredibly well crafted … Continue reading The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt