Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Quick Book Reviews

 It's been a while since I reported on my reading, so here we go...

I finally got around to reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and it holds up to its reputation. A good solid read, entertaining, well-written. Not too light -- but not too ponderous either. The characters are wonderful. It's about an irritable middle-aged man whose life is changed when a young couple with two children moves into his neighborhood.
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If you like this, you should try Beartown by the same author. It is darker and more complex, but still has that wonderful writing style.

Zadie Smith bursted on the the literary scene in 2003 with White Teeth, which I loved. It's the story of two middle-aged Englishmen in London who make unlikely friends. It doesn't sound that great when I put it like that, but it really is.

NW sounds so good. It follows four young people of color in London who take very different paths. The writing is experimental -- stream of consciousness, fragmentary, and often frustrating. Maybe I'm just not smart enough to appreciate this one. I finished it, but I'm not sure it was a good use of my reading time.

I'm about halfway through Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, about a group of people who are flying on a private plane that mysteriously drops into the North Atlantic.

It's quite good reading, though not a literary masterpiece. It keeps me turning the pages -- which is exactly what I was looking for!

11 comments:

  1. I just started Beartown. I am loving it.

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  2. I loved Ove too. It's been hard to find anything that gave me the feels like that book did. Not even his latest.

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  3. I loved Ove as well. I haven't read Beartown yet, but it's on my list to read. Before the Fall looks interesting. If you have not read it, I would recommend "Out Stealing Horses" by Per Petterson.

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  4. I loved Ove and Beartown... Backman is a wonderful writer!

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  5. I just finished Beartown. It took me a bit to get into it, but it's a good story. Ove's quirks were annoying and yet endearing. I'm glad the young couple moved in next door to him.

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  6. loved a man called ove and I'm currently reading beartown. I'm bracing myself for the bad that will happen....

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  7. I like your book reports; I try to get one book read in a month now (I used to get to read one a week, sigh.)

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  8. Im not reading but I enjoy hearing about others reads! It was sunny and 60 here today. Im so hopeful the worst of the spring is over!

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  10. I loved A Man Called Ove, it was such a special book it stayed with me for weeks.

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  11. They sound interesting reads. NW has got my interest xx

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