Monthly Archives: December 2016

2017 Reading Goals – Irène Némirovsky Year-Long and Others

I came across Irene Nemirovsky in the most unexpected way. I bought The Mirador by Élisabeth Gille earlier this year. It was an impulse buy – the book was on sale. Even though the title read ‘Dreamed Memories of Irène Némirovsky by Her Daughter’, having never heard of Irène Némirovsky before it meant very little to me […]

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood: Torching the Dusties

Torching the Dusties is the closing ‘wicked’ tale in Stone Mattress. The main protagonist is Wilma, an old widow suffering from Charles Bonnet’s syndrome; a common condition among elderly people with weak eyesight. Tobias, Wilma’s friend fulfills the role of her eyes in Ambrosia Manor, the comfortable assisted living facility where they both live. One […]

The Green Road by Anne Enright

The Green Road is a story about the Madigans which spans over thirty-five years. In part one of the novel; Leaving, we get a glimpse of the lives of Madigan children (Constance, Dan, Emmet, and Hanna – children of Pat and Rosaleen Madigan) and Rosaleen, in chapters that read like short stories. There is nothing extraordinary about […]

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood: Stone Mattress

It was a time before contraceptive pills were accessible to girls, or abortion was an option. Verna – the protagonist of the title story – was only fourteen years old when Bob Goreham, “shining light from a respectable family” takes her to a high-school dance, gets her drunk and rapes her. Bob’s version of the […]

In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul

In a Free State is set in a post-independence unnamed African country, governed by a king and a president who belong to two different tribes. At the beginning of the novel, the king who was once supported by the colonials is on the run for his life, as the president with his many allies, including the army, has overthrown […]

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood: The Dead Hand Loves You

Margaret Atwood is so cool! I already knew she is a terrific writer, but I never thought I would be laughing this hard reading ‘wicked’ stories! Jack – the protagonist of The Dead Hand Loves You short story – complains at one point of the “whole new vocabulary” youth these days have going, which makes him feel as if “he’s […]

Hunters in the Dark by Lawrence Osborne

Reading Hunters in the Dark was a pleasant surprise for me. I have not read books by Lawrence Osborne prior to this, let alone heard of him! A little research on the internet tells me he is a British novelist who lives a nomadic life, and his non-fiction, The Wet and the Dry, chronicles his travels through Islamic […]

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood: I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth

I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth is the sequel to Margaret Atwood’s novel Robber Bride. It is a novel I enjoyed very much, so reading this short story was pure bliss for me. 🙂 (By the way, you can enjoy this short story without having read Robber Bride) Tony, Roz and Charis, now in their dotage, are three […]

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

My mother did not tell me they were coming. Afterwards she said she did not want me to appear nervous. I was surprised, for I thought she knew me well. The very first time I saw the cover of Girl with a Pearl Earring, I was truly mesmerized and intrigued by the look in the girl’s face. I […]

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood: The Freeze-Dried Groom

We catch Sam, the protagonist of The Freeze-Dried Groom on a bad day. His wife, Gwyneth has just asked for a divorce, before he even had time for his morning coffee. Sam, who has been given second chances by his wife before, knows this time it is for real, that there is no point in sticking around […]