As I enjoy fiction stories and complex plots, I haven’t been much interested in biographies. But when my favourite youtuber, Estée Lalonde, published a book about her life, I knew her book was going to be the first biography that sparked interest for my reading soul.
Just one more chapter and then I should go to sleep… one hour later: Ah, I want to read the next chapter as well … two hours later: This will be the last chapter for this evening, I promise!
In a nutshell, that was my experience while reading each of the three unputdownable books that are part of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. Needless to say, it is my favourite series and it charmed my heart with a great mix of intrigue, mystery, gothic fiction, and unexpected plot twists.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic of the modern American literature. Having heard only good things about it, I made a wish to receive it as a present from Saint Nicholas … and my wish came true ♥
More than depicting children’s feelings toward unfair attitudes they do not fully understand, the story gives us a glimpse into the Southern U.S.A. society of the 1930s, a society segregated by racial injustice. The plot and characters are based on the author’s observations of her family, her neighbors, and an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old (The Telegraph, 2015).
When a novel gracefully combines facts and fiction about a famous person whose life is very little documented, you may end up not knowing where to draw the line between reality and fantasy. That’s what I experienced while reading Girl with a Pearl Earring, a book that fell into my hands by chance at the most appropriate time possible: when I was living in Delft, the place where the story’s action takes place.
There are countless ways a book can leave its print on reader’s conscience, but a well-told real story is all the more haunting and dreadful, as the factor of authenticity adds weight to the events. It was the cold, fearless look of the Arabic woman on the cover that sent chills down my spine and drew me to read Farida’s story.
A few months ago a friend sparkled my interest in this book by recommending it as one of the best books he’s ever read, so I decided to try it out. The story in a tiny nutshell: communism, amorous relations, censorship, sex, and lightness/heaviness of being, all under an umbrella of philosophical reflections.
During my teenage years I’ve read three of John Fowles’ books (The Magus, The Collector, and The French Lieutenant’s Woman), but recently I’ve realized that for the book I remember I liked the most (The Magus) I couldn’t really remember the plot … So I decided to read it again, to see whether after almost 10 years I still enjoy it 🙂
I am sure there are many better and more academic ways to review this book, but I will not go on that route (for the simple reason that I would not be able to do that). Instead, I will share how I perceived the book, what I made of it and what it made of me.
To start from the general impression to the particular things that stuck with me: Amos tells us how it is to be the child of his parents and extended family, a children in the Jewish Jerusalem after the war, together with the fears, frustrations and joys he inherits from all of these.
This book fell into my hands while wandering through the second hand section of a bookshop. I’d heard about Umberto Eco before, so when seeing “The name of the Rose” and its beautiful cover, I could not resist buying it. I started reading it that very afternoon.
The Midnight Palace is part of the author’s teen series, written at the beginning of his career and published in 1994. Carlos Ruiz Zafón is mostly famous for The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which is one of my favorite series and it will be for sure featured soon on this blog 🙂