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Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
Adam Kindred, a climatologist, is inadvertently set up for a murder he did not commit and is forced to lose his job, money, home and friends and live amongst the shadows of modern London.

Boyd follow up to the award winning Restless is a novel about how, with one simple act, our fragile identities our in a fast paced, self obsessed world. There is nothng more gripping I in this book than the two or three chapters in which our protagonist - about to be employed for research job by a top university - has his entire life ripped away by the his inadvertent decision to pull the knife from a dead body in his flat. Boyd's novel masqueragdes as a thriller but is much more an exploration… Read more
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Love in the turn of the century Caribbean. Marquez transports us to a world of hammocks and parrots, before taking us back in time, to the centre of the hot, sweltering city and love forming and growing from youth.

It is the story of Florentina Ariza, the child without a father who sights Fermina Daza through a window down a decorative alley and falls in love with her forever. They woo each other with a childish infatuation, feeling love at its most sentimental, expressing it in poetic letters and music, with an ethereal transcendence drawn from the optimistic belief of youth. It is here that the novel, and Marquez are at their best - celebrating the magic of young love,… Read more
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Murakami on his more surreal form. If his books are written along the lines of a freestyle jazz piece, than A Wild Sheep Solo would be the xylophone solo. Purposeful and structured but an oddity all the same.

The book is based around a central character looking for a sheep, that had taken possession of the head of a powerful political organization but was now lost, and without it he will be unable to survive. The search takes him away from his job, his home, his girlfriend and into the depths of the Japanese Mountains.

We are back on Murakami's central motif here - characters lost or at a junction, in a world that they cannot understand, a world that is human but not… Read more