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

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? This is the question asked by this exquisite novel. Set in the early twentieth century, this is a story about family ties, love, death and fate.  Atkinson shows how a story can have an infinite number possible endings as she narrates the life of Ursula Todd over and … Continue reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi

I’m still making up my mind about this book. On the one hand I really enjoyed its darkly comic style and the satirically pessimistic view of the world, which definitely struck a chord with my more morose moods (job hunting is not good for the soul). At the same time I disliked the main character – in fact several of the main characters – and … Continue reading The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi