First sentence: “His Excellency Wen Jiabao, The Premier’s Office, Beijing, Capital of the Freedom-Loving Nation of China.”
P. 99: “The landlords broughFirst sentence: “His Excellency Wen Jiabao, The Premier’s Office, Beijing, Capital of the Freedom-Loving Nation of China.”
P. 99: “The landlords brought in trucks full of their own supporters in retaliation.”
Last sentence: “Yours for ever, Ashok Sharma The White Tiger of Bangalore firstname.lastname@example.org.”
I’ve won this book in a contest on Leeswammes’ Blog; thank you so much, Judith!
When I started reading this book my first thought was that I really didn’t like it… That was until I read the last sentence of the first chapter. This sentence was so unexpected and so intriguing, that it drew me in immediately and I couldn’t stop reading from then on. This is a book that sets you thinking. The main character and narrator of the story, The White Tiger, tells the story of his life in a most unusual way. And although he did things that shocked me, I couldn’t help liking him. Now stories like this always leave me a bit shaken. You know a character is bad in some way, and yet you like him. I don’t understand how this is possible; is it because he tells everything from his point of view, or because there certainly are arguments in his favour? I really don’t know. But I do know that this is a book that I will be thinking of for a long time.
First sentence:”The first time that Jean-Claude Pelletier read Benno von Archimboldi was Christmas 1980, in Paris, when he was nineteen years old andFirst sentence:”The first time that Jean-Claude Pelletier read Benno von Archimboldi was Christmas 1980, in Paris, when he was nineteen years old and studying German literature.”
P. 99: “To his greater discredit, Alatorre didn’t speak German, which disqualified him from the outset.”
Last sentence: “Soon afterward he left the park and the next morning he was on his way to Mexico.”
I really loved this book, although it was an unusual one. The story ws so intruiging it kept me turning the pages. The book consists of five parts, that have one thing in common, Santa Teresa. This is a small town in Mexico not far from the border with the US. In this town, a lot of women are being murdered, which is described in Part 4 of the book. How this fact relates to the other parts, becomes only clear at the end of the book. I have to admit I do not see (yet) all the connections, but I intend to reread this book within a month of six in order to see more of the clues and hints.
I chose to read this book because of Judith at Leeswammes’ Blog who started a Roberto Bolaño Read-A-Long. I thought that to read a book of almost 900 pages would be easier when in the company of others.
The love/friendship of two people, described by the events happening trough the years on the same day. It was a wonderful book, although sometimes theThe love/friendship of two people, described by the events happening trough the years on the same day. It was a wonderful book, although sometimes the main characters, Emma and Dexter, irritated me slightly. But perhaps this was the author's intention, because they irritated each other too at those moments.
After reading a review of this book on De Boekblogger (in Dutch: http://boekblogger.wordpress.com/)I was interested in this book, and when I stumbledAfter reading a review of this book on De Boekblogger (in Dutch: http://boekblogger.wordpress.com/)I was interested in this book, and when I stumbled upon it for a very reasonable price at the Bookdepository, I decided to buy it. And what a great decision that was. I had never read anything by Shreve, although I knew her name, but what had always kept me from buying her books are the covers. To me, they look like chick-lit, a genre I don't really like. But this is absolutely not the case.
In A Change of Altitude, Shreve tells the story of a young couple that moved to Kenya a couple of months after they got married. Patrick has a job there, as a doctor, but Margaret at first feels a bit lost, although she learns to love the country relatively soon, despite some drawbacks (theft, corruption, poverty, racial issues, etc.). But then something awful happens that changes their life and their marriage completely.
Shreve knows how to capture characters, emotions and atmospheres in her book and gives some historical facts on the way.
i think I have discovered (again) a new favourite author.
First sentence: "I divide my life into two parts."
P. 99: "My father looked disappointed; he thought his exciting declaration might have elicited moreFirst sentence: "I divide my life into two parts."
P. 99: "My father looked disappointed; he thought his exciting declaration might have elicited more emotion, and he wondered if he really knew his children; a thought that would trouble him throughout the coming years."
Last sentence: "I handed her the computer, and she started to type."
From GoodReads: This is a book about a brother and a sister. It's a book about secrets and starting over, friendship and family, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it's a book about love in all its forms.
In a remarkably honest and confident voice, Sarah Winman has written the story of a memorable young heroine, Elly, and her loss of innocence-a magical portrait of growing up and the pull and power of family ties. From Essex and Cornwall to the streets of New York, from 1968 to the events of 9/11, When God Was a Rabbit follows the evolving bond of love and secrets between Elly and her brother Joe, and her increasing concern for an unusual best friend, Jenny Penny, who has secrets of her own. With its wit and humour, engaging characters whose eccentricities are adroitly and sometimes darkly drawn, and its themes of memory and identity, When God Was a Rabbit is a love letter to true friendship and fraternal love.
I read this book because of the Twitterleesclub (in Dutch), a new initiative whereby 5 books will be read throughout the year that will be discussed on Twitter (#LeesTweeps: the coming dates are April 2nd, when this book will be discussed, June 4th, September 3rd, November 5th and January 7th 2013).
I loved When God was a Rabbit, a story about friendship, growing up, love... and life itself. I am an only child, and when I read about how a relation between siblings can be, I am a bit jealous (although I know not all siblings have such a close relation as the ones in this book). Elly and Joe understand each other without words, and when this temporarily changes after an accident, she feels totally alone and insecure.
Not only the story was really good, I also thought the writing was beautiful. So, this was 5 stars for me. I cannot wait for Sarah Winman's second book.
A Harry Potter for adults? Yes... and no... Although it is a story about magic and wizards (or magicians, as they are called by the author), I find thA Harry Potter for adults? Yes... and no... Although it is a story about magic and wizards (or magicians, as they are called by the author), I find this book completely different form the Harry Potter books, but I loved it as much as I did those. It is a story about magic, or more precisely English magic, but it is also about so many other things, e.g. the marginality of people of other races or of women in nineteenth century England. It has footnotes like a scientific book, it has humour,cynical references to the scholarly and political worlds, and so on.
I don't think everyone would like this book, but as I said before, I loved it.