I was fourteen and a half when the Germans came. On that 9th April we woke to the roar of aeroplanes swooping so low over the roofs of the town that we could see the black iron crosses painted on the underside of their wings when we leaned out of the windows and looked up. In this exquisite novel, readers will find the crystalline prose and depth of feeling they adored in Out Stealing Horses, a literary sensation of 2007.
It is an astonishing book for its time, belonging I think more to the avant-garde modernist writing than to the sometimes considered "proper" late 19th century. A writer encounters difficulties financially and mentally when he loses his job, adn then is left without income for food and essentials in 19th century Christiania, (the former Oslo), where he slowly and agonisingly descends into mental confusion.
DAY 28. - Jonathan Wunrow - Adventure Inward: A Risk-Taker's Book of Quotes Where else does one find a quote, but in a book of quotes. Jonathan is a rock climber and mountaineer, and has been stuck in places where he has been tired and exhausted, but nevertheless stuck. It is there he does his… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge – Favourite Quote from a Book
I heard winning Australian author Charles Birch speak about the rebirth of compassion, for ourselves, each other and our planet, and set about finding his book, (with great difficulty), many years ago. In fact, over 14 years ago. It is heavy going and time and many other books TBR, have thus far prevented me from reading it.
DAY 23. - Anne Holt - "Finse 1222" and Camilla Lackberg - "The Drowning" Holt, a former Norwegian Minister of Justice and Journalist, is a brilliant writer. Her book set in a Norwegian hotel, where survivors of a train wreck at a remote altitude (1222 metres), face the prospect of being 'snowed in' with a… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge – Best book you’ve read in the last 12 months.
Book Challenge Day 22- Wordy Title but I get it and the least favourite plot device is....
Day 20 - Winnie The Pooh Its a tad embarrassing but yes, it is Winnie The Pooh!!!! The challenge did ask for the favourite childhood book, as opposed to favourite children's book. That's my childhood, right?
DAY 17. - Elsebeth Egholm An Author I wish people would read more. "Elspeth who?" I hear the Australians, who read my blog, say with a rising inflection!!! For this author is almost unknown in that part of the world. Hailing from Denmark, she has only had two of her six novels, translated to English,… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge – Author I wish people would read more.
DAY 15. - A character who you can relate to the most. The Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks I read a lot of thrillers/mystery fiction so I can't say I relate to the victims, in those stories, but Anna in Geraldine Brook's historical fiction novel: The Year of Wonders, grabbed my attention, for she… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge – A Book Character Who You Can Relate to the Most.
I can hear that howls of protests now, that I dare speak of Annie Proulx's books in these terms! But I WAS sadly disappointed with this book. After all the Pulitzer prize winning hype and seeing the author speak in an interview, my expectations were high for The Shipping News. Maybe a little too high.