I went through a list of some books that I read a long time ago and ran into this book that I read about 40 years ago and found hard to put down. This...moreI went through a list of some books that I read a long time ago and ran into this book that I read about 40 years ago and found hard to put down. This book is about a Scotland Yard detective that is recuperating in a hospital. He decides to pass his time reviewing the mystery surrounding the death in the tower of the sons of Edward IV. The detective reasons that history had it wrong and that Richard III did not kill the Princes. It is a great mystery with a lot of good history. I remember that I read it in one night.
Richard III was the last of the Plantagenets and is portrayed as a cripple in Shakespeare's: "Richard III" It is intriguing seeing how he is described in this book. The author also explains who benefited from the Princes' deaths and does a great job explaining it.(less)
Probably one of the best ten books I have read in the last 5 years. A funny book with a deep message about dictatorships in Latin countries and the li...moreProbably one of the best ten books I have read in the last 5 years. A funny book with a deep message about dictatorships in Latin countries and the life of an immigrant in the USA. It helps to know spanish, but more important to know slang and cusswords. The main character is endearing, but his mother evokes admiration for her spunk and ability to survive under the very harsh conditions in the Dominican Republic. It is a must read for anybody thet grew up in a latin household. You will laugh, get angry and be sad all in one book.(less)
After struggling at the beginning with a myriad of characters and time changes, the book finally picked up speed and I felt comfortable with the autho...moreAfter struggling at the beginning with a myriad of characters and time changes, the book finally picked up speed and I felt comfortable with the authors writing style. The cast of characters and Slavic names gave me a little bit of a problem and made me stop at times to remember who the author was talking about. The historical part of the story was fascinating and revealing. I was unaware of the extend of Norway's participation in the Eastern Front. The plot was well weaved and clues abounded through out the story. The story was logical and taken to a satisfying conclusion, even though you had to take a couple of detours along the way. I can wait to read the next book to see how the story ends. I like to thank Nancy Oakes for providing with the order in which to read Nesbo books.
I was reading a review of Southern writers in the New York Times about a week ago and came across three names: David Woodrell, Michael Farris Smith an...moreI was reading a review of Southern writers in the New York Times about a week ago and came across three names: David Woodrell, Michael Farris Smith and Ms. Claudia Zuluaga. Since I tend to like the dark side of literature and I already had read Woodrell, I decided to read Ms Zuluaga's book because it seemed like a short read, 228 pages.
Nietzsche coined the phrase: "What does not kill you, makes you stronger" and this book is an elegant reflection on that theme. Ida, a downtrodden 24 year old from New York heads to the Southeast part of Florida to sell a piece of land that she bought when she was 18 years old and in High School. This is a tale of a personal struggle and the endurance of the human spirit when faced with obstacles encountered in nature and other obstacles posed by other human beings.
The story is populated with the strangest group of people that despite their shortcomings are trying to find a better way of living, regardless of their circumstances. They help each other and find a way to survive the roadblocks that nature puts in their way. It is an uplifting and dark story, that is well written, fast paced and with real life characters from different walks of life.(less)
Like I said before, absolutely wonderful. This is a statement I only reserve for the best in crime noir. The story of black maids in Jackson, MS, arou...moreLike I said before, absolutely wonderful. This is a statement I only reserve for the best in crime noir. The story of black maids in Jackson, MS, around the time of the Civil Rights movement. A white woman recently graduated from college decides to write a book about working for white families from the black maids point of view. The story not only deals with the subject above but also with the personal life of the fictional author.
The book brings out a rainbow of emotions on the reader, from happiness to hate, from joy to sadness. It does so in a very natural way and not manufactured like some movies. The characters are vivid and relevant to the times. It shows the perception southern whites had of blacks and how that perception was transmitted from one generation to the next. The black maids on the other hand had an intense dislike for some mean spirited employeers, which thay kept to themselves in order to keep their jobs and not be physically abused.
In addition, it shows the love that the black maids had for the white children they brought up and for those few white families that treated them well. The most amazing thing about the book is the hate some white people had for blacks because they belived that they were different, dirty, disease ridden, thieves and dumb. These believes were not founded on fact but on hearsay.
I have never been a fan of the war genre type of books, but thanks to the high praise given this book by Toni and Charisse I decided to read it. Not s...moreI have never been a fan of the war genre type of books, but thanks to the high praise given this book by Toni and Charisse I decided to read it. Not since James Jones: " The Thin Red Line" and Leon Uris: " Battle Cry" have I read such a great book as this. Not only is it a war book, it is the chronology of how people act, fight and love in times of need. It is the essence of how people transcend social and racial disputes to help each other and achive a common goal.
There are so many emotions that this story evokes on the reader that it is hard to describe them in a review. The book creates a conflict in the reader's mind that one does not know whether to put the book down or continue to read it. In one hand the action is so violent and bloody that it makes you cringe, yet on the other hand it thugs at your emotions so that you can not wait to know what happens.
You become so involved with the individuals in the story that it is hard to want to let go of them. You wish the book would follow those that survived into the postwar. The slow transformation of the main character from a Yale graduate to a fully grown Marine is well crafted. I highly recommend this book, unless you are squemish. (less)
By far the best of the series. It is fast paced, full of action and extremely suspenseful. The characters jump out of the pages, this is especially tr...moreBy far the best of the series. It is fast paced, full of action and extremely suspenseful. The characters jump out of the pages, this is especially true of Ciena, the teenage victim. The continuous struggle of the main character with his disease, Parkinson, and his marriage gives this psychological thriller a reality not found in many series of this genre. The author has become one of my favorites even though I am not a particular fan of this types of mysteries. I sure hope he continues with the series.(less)