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My First Wife by Jakob Wassermann
My First Wife by Jakob Wassermann
MY FIRST WIFE is a depressing book of a doomed marriage. Based on the author's own marriage, it tells the tale of a couple who seem destined to end in tragedy. Wassermann truly does have a command of language - there are sections which are quite beautiful; heart-rending at times, but beautiful - but I am afraid that it wasn't enough to make the book more endearing to me. This is a hard book to read. On the front of the cover, there is a description of the tale as being about love, hate and obsession. I think what I found hard was to see where the love actually lay.
If Wassermann has used his own story to create this book, I have to admit that he has seemingly been very truthful… Read more
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern fairy tale, 21 Sep 2014
THE CRANE WIFE is a strange and beautiful tale, a story which is loosely based on a Japanese folk tale. When you read this novel, as with any fairy tale or folk tale, you do have to suspend your disbelief. But, what I think it tells us is that, sometimes, life can be more extraordinary than we might imagine.

The tale is about George; a divorcee, one night he comes to the aid of a crane which has been shot by an arrow. Following this act of kindness, a mysterious woman comes into his life, changing it in every way. This is a tale which is obviously about love but there is also a studied examination of art. George and Kumiko create separate pieces of art which, when combined,… Read more
Adultery by Paulo Coelho
Adultery by Paulo Coelho
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful

Well, I did not expect to feel the way I did about Coelho's latest novel. For years, I have been a fan of his work finding a quiet simplicity but also poignancy to his work. With ADULTERY, I have to admit almost having to force myself to finish it. For me, there was just too much wrong with this book for me to enjoy it as I thought I would.

The story is about a thirty-something woman who appears to have the perfect life; great husband, children, a lovely home and a career as a journalist. But, as we quickly learn, she is not happy. Questioning whether there is something wrong with her, or whether she should see a psychiatrist, she grapples… Read more

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