Reasonably well written but a weak story line
It is a multi-generational tale of a family haunted by the death of a young concubine in 1930s. Essentially a critique of a custom that is still commonly practised widely throughout Asia. It is naive, lacking substance and authenticity.
Just another story which doesn’t really get anywhere.
Written by Tash Aw, We The Survivors is as good a read as any I have found.
He has a comfortable, easy style and his narrative about nothing much, held my attention, despite everything it was not. If there was a theme it was grinding poverty and the futility of trying to change things that remain the same. Life inevitably returning to where it begins.
A novel based on the true story of Spinalonga, a leper colony established on an island off the coast of Crete.
The book is salvaged from deteriorating into a tiresomely predictable love story by the account of life on the island in the leper colony. That struggle between adversity and the emergence of the human spirit.
Nothing particularly outstanding about this book. I simply enjoyed reading it.
It is a short but a powerful story about the Partition of India in 1947. A smooth, comfortable, easy read. Yet evocative and at times horribly brutal.
Another disappointing read.
The dialogue is not just boring, it gets really tiresome. A book where contemporary becomes jumbled nonsense. I need to learn to avoid plugs like..Lyrical..Evocative..&..Striking.
Supposedly written by John le Carre, Single & Single was a nasty shock.
It irritated me from the first couple of lines. Hollow and unconvincing, the book didn’t improve and I abandoned it very quickly.
Previously I have read and thoroughly enjoyed reading, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Little Drummer Girl as well as his Spy Who Came In From The Cold. But this book was disappointing and badly written, raising the question of whether John le Carre is not overrated as a writer and capitalising on the success of his earlier books.
Readable but only just. I needed the help of Google to recall the story line of this book by Mark Billingham.
The unfolding plot is both clumsy and contrived. In particular, the attempt at an erotic twist in the tale. Inserted for impact rather than content, the punch line falls flat. Clumsy and puerile. Only suggested if there is nothing else to hand.
An excellent read. Well written, thought provoking, engaging.
Alternates between two narrative threads – one set in Virginia in the US, during and after the American civil war, and the other in the 1950’s as one of the characters retraces the path to his roots. Capturing the themes of conflict, oppression and ultimately resignation and reconciliation.
I felt that the author rushed the ending which was maybe a little too abrupt.
This was one of the few books I have enjoyed reading recently. It is crime thriller and an easy captivating read.
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