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The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati
The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Tartar Steppe is a curious novel. If you examine the basic premise of the storyline it would appear that not a lot happens. The narrative revolves around the life of Giovanni Drogo, who as a newly commissioned officer is posted to the remote camp of Fort Bastiani. The base is manned by veteran soldiers who live a disciplined structured life and have spent their entire careers guarding the border against attack from an unseen enemy, without witnessing any conflict. However, upon arrival it is not long before Drogo realises what a spartan life awaits him at Fort Bastiani but is consoled by the fact that he will soon be able to leave, and return to the revelry of the city, once he has… Read more
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Replete with references to the work of Virginia Woolf, The Hours is a beautifully written novel. The narrative is split into numerous chapters from differing epochs during the 20th century each containing an account of the personal history and actions of the three women under focus. The first is Clarissa Vaughan who lives in 1990's New York, she is preparing a party for a long time friend of hers, Richard. His pet name for her is Mrs Dalloway, partly because of her love for organising social gatherings. The second is Laura Brown, a Los Angeles housewife in the 1940's who reads Mrs Dalloway and other novels to escape the monotony of her life. The final character is a fictionalised Virginia… Read more
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill
It may appear an unusual premise to have a minotaur who has survived since time immemorial working as a line chef in 20th century America as the central character for your novel. However, this is what Steven Sherrill has done in his book The Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break. The storyline follows M (as the minotaur is known) through his daily activities at Grub's Rib Diner where he works and at the Lucky-U Mobile Estate where M lives in a trailer park, both situated in the Deep South. What makes the novel so enjoyable (for myself) is the reactions that M gets as he goes about his daily business. He seems to be totally accepted by his landlord Sweeny, and the rest of his neighbours at the… Read more

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