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Revolutionary Road (Vintage Classics)
Revolutionary Road (Vintage Classics)
by Richard Yates
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific portrayal of how a young and ambitious couple can get trapped in suburbia with terrible consequences for each other, 7 Jun. 2009
Although written almost 50 years ago, the theme and characters of the story could very much be set in the present. This is a remarkable portrayal of how a young, ambitious couple full of energy and aspirations unwittingly get trapped in suburban life with devastating consequences. The author brilliantly unravels the inter-relationships between the couple and their friends and slowly lets the reader into their secrets and betrayals, which ultimately leads to a terrible conclusion. I only discovered this book through the marketing of the film that is based on it and wanted to read it before I saw the film. I thoroughly recommend the book and hope the film is even half as good.


A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart wrenching tale that must be read, 4 April 2009
So much has already been written about this book that its hard to anything unique. I would just say that this story will live with you forever - a real insight into the oppression of women in Afganistan, how truly horrible men can be and yet how there is always hope in the face of adversity. I think this is a notch above his other novels.


If You Don't Know Me by Now: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton
If You Don't Know Me by Now: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton
by Sathnam Sanghera
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 4 April 2009
This is truly one of my all time best books. It made me laugh out aloud, brought tears to my eyes and also gave me total admiration for our elder generation and inspiration that anything can be achieved. Sathnam has a fabulous writting style, dealing with dark episodes of his and his family's history with such care but also writing with humour and wit during the lighter moments. You must read this!


Becoming Strangers
Becoming Strangers
by Louise Dean
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting idea, well written and developed, 4 April 2009
This review is from: Becoming Strangers (Paperback)
I thought the central theme was quite interesting, exploring relationships that have developed over time but now have to deal with the pending passing away of one of the partners. The parallel relationship between the two husbands was also developed cleverly and added an additional dimension to the book. Overall, an enjoyable and thought provoking read. To get 5 stars, however, I think the ending needed to be a bit more powerful and unexpected. I also thought the central characters' background could have been given more pages as I found some of the behaviours during the holiday a little hard to believe. Overall, definitely worth reading.


The White Tiger
The White Tiger
by Aravind Adiga
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy booker winner, 31 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The White Tiger (Hardcover)
An excellent winner of the booker prize, this very much lives up to that prize. So much has been written already for this book that its hard to add something more. I would say, however, that the writing style is very captivating (I normally read on the train, and I often nearly missed my stop while reading)and the plot very well placed while at the same time providing many readers an insight into the "haves and have nots" in India. A thoroughly worthwhile and somewhat unique read.


The Northern Clemency
The Northern Clemency
by Philip Hensher
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping family saga set against dramatic social changes within Northern England, 11 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Northern Clemency (Hardcover)
The plot is relatively simple - the story of the lives of two neighbouring families in Northern England over three decades (1970s - 1990s) set against the backdrop of social and political changes over this time. There are individual relationships which tie the two families together and ultimately come to defining moments, and quite unpredictable conclusions.

I thought this novel was excellent. The writing style was very easy to read, and the author deftly developed the characters, their personalities and the events which shaped their lives. I found it a real page turner, wanting to desperately find out how the individual characters' lives turned out. The characters were all very believable and each had a fascinating (and yet in some cases very mundane) tale to be told. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys such chronicles and family dramas.

However, be warned - the hardback is very heavy and not to be recommended if you need to carry the book around with you (get the paperback instead)!


The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique story, brilliantly told, 22 Dec. 2008
This is my pick of the year. The story is told in narrative form and is for the most part a dialogue with a stranger that the narrator meets in a cafe/restaurant in Pakistan. I found the style of writing worked extremely well with this type of story.

The story and message itself is one of how a young Pakistani goes to the US to make a life and does so very successfully. It then takes the reader through the events that changes the central character's outlook on life and the US in particularly. The story telling is compelling, and the central character is extremely well developed and believable.

This is not the anti-American politically driven book that some may think it is - it is simply the tale of how someone changes their perspective on life and how they go about making these changes. A really outstanding read.


The Inheritance of Loss
The Inheritance of Loss
by Kiran Desai
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Over rated, 22 Dec. 2008
I found this quite hard to finish for the simple reason that the plot was quite thin and the writing style not one that I enjoyed. This wasn't the page turner that I expected it to be, given the various prizes it has been awarded.

I think there is a very good, potential story in here that could deal with the hopes, disappointments and aspirations of the various characters set against the backdrop of real political events. However, I felt the story didn't explore these themes far enough. I didn't feel that I really knew the characters, or their drivers, well enough to truly make sense of their actions. With the plot itself being quite light, there wasn't enough, at least in my opinion, to justify the various accolades and praise that it has won.


Gifted
Gifted
by Nikita Lalwani
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding story telling, 13 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Gifted (Paperback)
This is a brilliantly told tale of a young girl, with a gift for mathematics, and her parents, who want with good intentions, push her as hard as they can academically. The writer develops the main characters very skillfully allowing you to really understand their motives, perspectives and confusion as to why the family begins to fracture.

This is one of the rare books that I couldn't put down while reading - the style and pace of the writing perfect and story unfolds in an unpredictable and captivating way. I can't wait for the author's next book.


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