Welcome to our meandering but potentially entertaining blog. We'll try to make it as painless as we can and avoid "cat up a tree" stories. Dogs up a tree are, of course, a very different matter! Enjoy...
The Goldfinch: A monolith. Brilliant start and mid point, and then I got the impression she didn't quite know how to finish it. Slightly disappointing in the end.
Night Circus: best book of the last 5 years. Certainly felt like it. Hated to finish it.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: OK, so I was the 47 millionth person to read this book... not quite sure what all the fuss was about it. It was good, but not life changing - and at times it was quite predictable. Still, it was well paced and easy to finish - which says a lot these days!
People of the Book: A fascinating novel retelling the "story" of an ancient Jewish manuscript from the time of its recent discovery back to its creation in the 1400's as its uncovered by the archivist. Highly readable and intriguing.
Death with Interruptions. A sometimes challenging novel, but in the end very rewarding... on the first day of the new year, no one dies. And the book unravels the implications of what that means to society. Fascinating.
Skeletons at the Feast. A tragic, magnetic and thought provoking story about a German family of refugees fleeing the Russians in the last days of WWII. A novel, but based tightly on research and real events. Incredibly compelling. 4.5 stars.
The Septembers of Shiraz. Set in Iran in the early 1980's shortly after the Shah's exile, the story follows the misfortunes ofa Jewish famil in the wrong place at the wrong time. An emotional roller coaster that reminds us how lucky we are. 4.5 stars. Sarah & Tony
Suite Francaise. An incredible book in more ways than one. Set in France in the early days of WWII - the story of a village and its occupiers. 5 out of 5. Tony
Animal's People. Stunning "novel" covering the lives of many 20 years after the Bhupal disaster. A work of fiction - but based on a broad sweep of real events. A brillaint read. 5 stars from both of us.
3 Cups of Tea. (Sarah) A must read for anyone interested in Pakistan and the day to day reality of the country. A credit to the USA that this is on th etop of the best seller list there.
Water for Elephants (Sarah). Stunning. Read it.
The Glass Castle. (Sarah) Excellent Read - another high reccommendation