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Books I have read in 2008

V. Sparkes "Vyki Sparkes"
 
Suite Francaise
Suite Francaise
"very sharp and at times shocking portrayal of the french bourgeoise during the occupation of france - made all the more moving by the author's own fate"
The Piano Tuner
The Piano Tuner
"A bit slow at times and rather indulgent in Burmese history, but worth a read - a bit like E M Forster"
Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun
"fantastic! A great read, gripping, shocking and moving. I liked it so much I ordered her first book...."
Purple Hibiscus (P.S.)
Purple Hibiscus (P.S.)
"... which is also great, much more focused on an individual than historic events; poignant and emotive."
London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People
London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People
"An extremely readable thematic look at the last 100 years of London's history. Fab."
Bel Canto
Bel Canto
"I thought the story line a bit far fetched and drawn out - would a siege really last that long? The characterisation saved it. A 3 out of 5."
Property
Property
"Very readable and disturbing view of slavery from the point of view of a slave owner's wife. Someone should make a play of this. Haunting."
Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real Life Adventures in an Inner-city Ambulance
Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real Life Adventures in an Inner-city Ambulance
"From blog to book - a good insight into the daily life of an ambulance driver. Felt a bit edited into "book format" but one of those books you'll read in two days!"
The Impressionist
The Impressionist
"Extremely well written novel, an odyssey across Empire which plays with notions of identity. Funny but sad."
The History of Love
The History of Love
"This was quite sweet - some interesting ideas but a little bit too much like chick lit. 2.8 out of 5"
Headlong
Headlong
"rubbish! what a waste of my reading time! all of the characters were horrible, extremely overindulgent in terms of art history. Don't bother."
The Glass Palace
The Glass Palace
"Good follow on from the piano tuner - a look at 100 years of burmese history through three generations. Really enjoyed view of WW2 from the colonised, but think have read enough post-colonial sagas!"
The Book of Lost Things
The Book of Lost Things
"Just started on my sister's recommendation - she thought it was fantastic"