Hotel du Lac

I don’t really know how I feel about this book, which is about a romance writer who stays at a Swiss hotel to escape a scandal. A short novel that is funny and intriguing at times but far from amazing and compelling. Surprisingly, Hotel du Lac won the Booker prize in 1984 (beating JG Ballard’s…

March Book Loot

I only read one book in March because I was buddy-reading Middlemarch with a couple of people, but that didn’t stop me from buying new (and used) books to read sooner or later.   Before I Go To Sleep – S.J. Watson The Woman in the Dunes – Kobo Abe White Teeth – Zadie Smith Dept.…

Wolf Hall

I’m one book closer to my goal of reading all (or most) of the Man Booker Prize winners, after reading Hilary Mantel’s novel, Wolf Hall, which was awarded the Booker Prize in 2009. I was a bit hesitant to read Wolf Hall at first.  The hardbound edition is 523 pages long, and the story, set in…

At The Stroke of Midnight

What can’t be cured must be endured… And rightly so.  Because I was reading Midnight’s Children (Salman Rushdie) with a reading buddy, I couldn’t just stop, even if there were times when I wanted to, because Saleem, the novel’s gregarious narrator, had a way of beating around the bush. So I persevered, and finished reading the…

The Blind Assassin

The Blind Assassin is an award-winning novel by Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood, and it is also the title of the novel written by one of the characters in the novel by Margaret Atwood.   But not only that, the blind assassin is a character in the story told by one of the characters in novel,…

A Fall from Grace

I’ve been putting off writing about the last book I finished reading because recalling it doesn’t exactly put me in a writing mood. I recently finished J.M. Coetzee’s award-winning novel, Disgrace, but didn’t post a review about it because I don’t really have anything to say about it.  The novel is mainly about the inner struggles…