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In keeping with my promise to write 25-50 word reviews……here is the next book.

A visit from the goon squad by Jennifer Egan

The book was interesting in it’s use of different written methods to tell the story…. including graphs and powerpoint.

I read it on the ipad to get the full force of the changing mediums.

The story itself is somewhat distressing and depressing.

A good read but not a must read.

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Image from The Book Depository.

The next book on the list….. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Let me know your thoughts on The Goon squad if you have read it. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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This Charming Man by Marian Keyes.

Written like the adventures of an Irish lass, this romping tale has many surprising twists and turns.

Some of the content left me shaking my head….other aspects were so well written I could see myself and others in the fleshed out characters.

An entertaining read. 

Next book…. A visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.


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By now I’m guessing a lot of you will have seen the movie of this, if not read the book.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne is a quick little read, which I think is one of the disarming things about it.

I, unfortunately guessed the end, which meant I was less shocked than I should have been when it come because I had time to process my emotions, but others in the bookclub didn’t see it coming at all…. and so received it full force.

Written in a week and a half, it does read like it at times, with a loss of subtly which may have come with a more laboured over book. However  I would recommended for young adults partly because of this.

In bookclub discussed the way we view those who we know and love over those who are foreign and hated.

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A great ‘do you stick your nose into other peoples business?’ debate raged.

I think the general consensus was no…. which worries me as it means that the suffering to others at the hands of an authority is always someone else’s problem and not mine.

…. and anyway, where would you start with so many injustices in the world.

I was challenged to think through to what extent I am prepared to suffer for someone else’s good and how far I am from the perfection of Jesus.

Give it a read …and tell me what you think.


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Well….. a little late bringing this one to you. Book club met more than a week ago, but better late than never….and lets hope my memory doesn’t fail me too much!

Lots of us enjoyed this book.

Although WFE is set in the 1930’s during the prohibition, with chronic unemployment, class stratification and relationships being the plate which this story is served, it is somewhat of a feel good novel. Probably why it was made into a movie……. These tough times give the story it’s grittiness and realism,  the intriguing ‘circus life’ theme gives it a fantasy like escapism.

The last couple of pages where of particular interest to some of us….where Sara Gruen tells of how the book came together after seeing some historical circus photos at a gallery. She had planned to write a very different story up until this point but became inspired to investigated the world of train circus’ that operated across America during this period.

The characters (including the elephant) are complex and well explored, but generally unlike-able. Even the two main characters. This made it hard to read for some who need to like the people in the book. Not so for me….as I quite enjoy the characters exposing aspects of themselves I find distasteful and to not being responsible in anyway to reform them. That, for me, is one of the things that makes reading fiction relaxing. I can encounter people without having to engage with them.

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The style of the book is similar to The 19th Wife. It narrated as different characters in different chapters, WFE switches from the present back to the past, but with just a single character narrating. This becomes interesting at the junctures as the narrating voice is a very old man whose memory and writs are failing.

Next Month: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte………loving it so far!

…and I couldn’t resist posting a link to the Kate Bush interpretation of the book….. just for the 70’s- ness of it!