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Hot reading for a cool summer

NataliaBr "NataliaBr"
 
Waiting for Sunrise
Waiting for Sunrise
"Viennese spy thriller by a writer whose more and more drawn to the world of espionage. 'Restless' was better; but this is still good. Boyd also writes better than most in that genre."
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
"Much better than 'Harold Fry..' (see below); this weird philosophical journey makes for some delightful reading."
The Valley of Unknowing
The Valley of Unknowing
"Witty and engaging tale about love, envy and betrayal set in the smoky twilight years of the East German dictatorship.  Excellent."
The Man Who Forgot His Wife
The Man Who Forgot His Wife
"Charming tale of a man who can't rememberhis past. Not 'Memento', though it borrows a lot from that movie. More like 'Memento' with Irish whiskey and a bit of Prozac."
Gone Girl
Gone Girl
"Current thriller 'du jour' about a missing woman. Very good in parts, but clunky in others."
Our Kind of Traitor
Our Kind of Traitor
"Latest from the grand old man of British cold war fiction. He hasn't slowed up with the years, although the approach is starting to look a little tired."
The Radleys
The Radleys
"Just when you thought the whole vampire craze was tapped out, the damned things pop up in suburban Britain, listening to Radio 4. Quite fun!"
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
"Quirky, charming, occasionally aimless tale of one man's revelatory journey across England."
The Help
The Help
"Entertaining 'downstairs' perspective on the civil rights period in the Southern USA."
Room
Room
"Tense and unsettling exploitation thriller about a captive woman and child."
Capital
Capital
"Will this book tell you anything about London you don't already know? No, not if you live there. Otherwise it might. And it's a good read too."
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
"A big success; but Mantel's overwrought style is not everyone's cup of tea. So don't feel guilty if you find your attention wandering..."
One Day
One Day
"An easy read about growing up, relationships and all that stuff."
The Children's Book
The Children's Book
"Strong saga of families and children's literature in the twilight years of Edwardian England, and beyond."
The Road
The Road
"Grim, intelligent, short and ultimately uplifting... kind of. Reading it won't spoil your enjoyment of the film; or vice-verse. Quite the opposite."
Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics)
Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Tense, bleak classic relating a true story of a German couple who agitate against Hitler. A stark reminder of what dictatorship really means."
The Lacuna
The Lacuna
"Earnest but ultimately involving tale of divided loyalties in 1940s/1950s Mexico and the USA."
Freedom
Freedom
"Latest from the author of the impressive - if over-long' "Corrections". This is 100 pages shorter so he's getting there."
The Long Song
The Long Song
"Powerful investigation of a time in America when slavery seemed as natural as chicken pox. Takes a while to get past the 'authentic' linguistic style, though."
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
"Good historical pot-boiler about a strained marriage in 1950s Trinidad."
The Book of Human Skin
The Book of Human Skin
"Positively vicious tale of sibling rivalry and horrid revenge set in 18the century Venice & Peru. Great fun."