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.
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.
After selling more than 90 million copies and combining the genres of detective, thriller and conspiracy fiction, I must be the only person who has NOT read this book in the western reading world.
DAY 10. How often can you say that there was nothing at all you disliked about a book? Not too often but this is what I said about Simon and the Oaks by Marianne Fredriksson. When I first heard the title and the subject matter, let me tell you, I wasn't champing at the bit… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge– A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving.
Day 9- The Shell Seekers Despite being nominated by the British public as one of the top 100 novels (I am not sure where in the top 100 of the 'Big Read'), I thought the 1987 novel, The Shell Seekers, by Rosamunde Pilcher, to be lacklustre. It did not grab my attention at all, and… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge – Most Overrated Book
A guilty pleasure book Strange Fits of Passion by Anita Shreve Unusual choice for guilty pleasure? Yes, but perhaps this book has more to do with guilt, than pleasure. A journalist's story of her experience with domestic violence and the re-telling by another journalist, 20 years later. There are several different perspectives in this book… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge DAY 7