A Prayer for Owen Meany ~ John Irving

Stephen King wrote of John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany that it’s “extraordinary, so original and so enriching… Readers will come to the end feeling sorry to leave [Irving’s] richly textured and carefully wrought world.” (Washington Post). In many ways he’s right. Irving’s story is narrated by John Wheelwright, a former citizen of New…

100 Years of Solitude ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude is considered a masterpiece of literature. In summary it follows the generations of one family from its founding parents – Jose Arcadio and Ursula Buendia – as they also build the city of Macondo to its final disappearance after 100 years of solitude. From one incest to…

Da Vinci Code ~ Dan Brown

So this week I’m reviewing Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code. As mentioned last week, I was supposed to do that then, but the book didn’t arrive before I left on vacation so it got postponed. I read the book in French when it came out way back. It was all the rage at the time…

The Woman in White ~ Wilkie Collins

So once again I am forced to derive from the course of my reading list. I was supposed to read Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code this week. It was in fact, a perfect book for vacation reading since I’m off and it would have been a welcome break from the last few books I’ve read…

Animal Farm ~ George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell proved to be a surprisingly short read. For one the book isn’t particularly long, and for second it’s – similar to 1984 – more of a sociological critic than a novel. In this case it is a blatant attack against the soviet system and its revolution that started as an…

Winnie the Pooh ~ A. A. Milne

I’m a little late in posting my review today: just because I had to retype it. I wrote it on my computer and forgot to paste it on my wordpress to schedule for this morning. That’s how much of a airhead I can be. A bit like the main character of the book I’m reviewing….

Memoirs of a Geisha ~ Arthur Golden

For this week’s review I read Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha, which follows a young woman from a fishermen’s village to Kyoto through her training as a Geisha in 1930s Japan. The story spans a little over two decades and is told from the perspective of our narrator as she is in her late 60s….

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin ~ Louis de Bernières

So over the past two weeks I read Louis de Bernières’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. I’d heard about it because of the movie and the comments that it wasn’t as good as the book – something quite common. Now I haven’t seen the movie but it’s not up to par with the novel, I don’t want…

The Kite Runner ~ Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini was a discovery. I devoured the book between Birdsong and Catcher in the Rye. Not on purpose. I was certain it was the book I needed to read for January 4th 2017. Turns out it wasn’t. But I read it in less than 2 days. The Kite Runner tells…

The Alchemist ~ Paulo Coelho

Paolo Coehlo is a name I’d heard before of course. But I never opened The Alchemist until a couple of weeks ago when I read it for this challenge. I was surprised when I received it in the mail to see how small a book it was. I read it in French instead of English. The…

Persuasion ~ Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s Persuasion was published after her death and yet it comes in the list prior to Sense and Sensibility. It’s interesting to discover that the Austen’s books we study in France (or at least hear about) aren’t higher on the list than those we don’t. One might assume that the books exported so widely…

The Chronicles of Narnia ~ C.S. Lewis

So this week I read the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis; one of the Inklings I knew of him long before I read the books. In fact, as you can see from the cover of the version I have, I read it quite late, just before the release of the Prince Caspian movie. The Chronicles…