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

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