Pukka Sahib

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 66% (87 of 131)
Location: Brussels, Belgium
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 48,395 - Total Helpful Votes: 87 of 131
From Souk to Souk: Travels Through the Middle East by Robin Ratchford
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In this collection of stories, a new travel writer takes the reader to cities all over the Muslim world, from Turkey to Afghanistan, Iraq to Qatar. But the stories are not about glorious tales of courage experienced by a hero writer. Instead, they are about seemingly undramatic encounters and events, described with a very perceptive eye for character and atmosphere and a discreet sense of humour. My favourite stories are about Aleppo and Kabul. Both grasped me with their atmospheric descriptions, pulling me right into the story. Reading this book, I was reminded of many almost forgotten memories of travelling in the Middle East. And I am now eager to travel to several of the other places… Read more
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This novel tells a very moving and intimate story. And the clever narrative structure the author chose for telling that story works perfectly.

The story is told by an Australian woman, living alone and raising sheep on a small island off the UK coast. Recently, something or someone has been killing her sheep, bringing the hostile relationship between her and her environment to a head.
This story on the island unfolds in a chronological way over a few days. But every other chapter is about her past in Australia. And those chapters unfold backwards in time over several years, thus allowing the reader to gradually discover the narrator's painful youth.

The story is… Read more
The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall
The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 28 Oct 2013
I was looking forward to reading this book. Sarah Hall is on Granta's list of the 20 best young British novelists this year. And I usually find that list quite reliable. Furthermore, I normally enjoy reading dystopian novels. So this book seemed like a promising find.

But I am rather disappointed after having read it now.
The formal structure - prison records of a convict's confession - doesn't work at all. And it is rather superfluous. The story would have worked better as a personal memory by the narrator if the author hadn't tried to find a formal reason for the narrator to tell it.

The plot itself is very predictable. To me it seemed more like a pamphlet than… Read more

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