Sharing with you the last 5 books I read... for 5x5.
I can get lazy about book reviews, but it's Summer and August Break, so I have the perfect excuse.
In order of reading.
I'm unsure why but I wanted to really like this. It held my interest, which is no small feat considering the protagonist was a young boy, albeit an extremely precocious one. I enjoyed the weird interjections, but ultimately felt them more gimmicky than ingenious. They didn't really add to the story. What disappointed the most was that Foer is clearly a good writer. I felt he wasted his talent on gimmick. Also, overall it just wasn't that great a story despite liking it in the process. I will try him again with Illuminated.
A rollicking great ride of seduction, intrigue, manipulation, ambition, sex.... all the goodies of a soap opera. Well written. I believe that I'm sold on historical fiction - the entertaining kind. And that's what this was, jolly good saucy entertainment. Could have done with some snipping, a bit longer than necessary. Thoroughly enjoyable to while away many hours.
Utterly conflicted. Woman travels the world to find and heal herself at her publisher's expense. Has a mildly interesting time of it. Towards the end casually throws in the fact that she already used 10 days in Bali previously during another writing assignment to heal herself! Incredibly privileged and extremely whiny. However, she shares all the great spiritual sentiments and has got those messages out to more people. Despite forced humour, it did make me laugh out loud. Just never warmed to her. New to spirituality, read it. A veteran, skip it.
Yes, Hemingway is known for bringing an economical writing style into our lives after the elaborate writers before him. Guess what, I prefer elaborate to economy. Just like I prefer cream cheese on a rye cracker or jam and cream on a scone. I'm eating for enjoyment not just sustenance. I totally appreciate his contribution which I can see has influenced literature and film. Hurrah. But I won't choose a dry cracker and I won't choose minimalist fiction. Saying that, I will read one more Hemingway. A proper fiction as this was autobiographical.
6 stories, vastly different in tale, language, writing style, and genre!! Genius format, compelling, elegant writing. Glad I read it but the enjoyment factor was a lot lower than I wanted it to be. Part of the 1001 reads and I can see why, but I was captivated more by the format and where it was all going to end rather than enjoying the stories. One (the 6th) I completely disliked. Mitchell is an amazing writer to successfully write such variety.
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