Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACategory: Classics, Historical, Gothic Fiction
Rating: 5/5
Cultural: UK
Author: Daphne du Maurier

What could I possibly say that hasn’t already been said? Rebecca is a book that doesn’t really need a review. So, very simply put, my three word review: I loved it.

Having read Rebecca, you cannot not picture Manderley, its coastal cliffs & waters, the white azaleas in the Happy Valley, the battalion of lush, blood-red rhododendrons; its serene, yet fierce & restrained beauty. Continue reading

Intense, heartbreaking reads

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“Is it true that human beings are fundamentally cruel? Is the experience of cruelty the only thing we share as a species? Is the dignity that we cling to nothing but self-delusion, masking from ourselves the single truth: that each one of us is capable of being reduced to an insect, a ravening beast, a lump of meat? To be degraded, slaughtered – is this the essential of humankind, one which history has confirmed as inevitable?” – Han Kang, Human Acts

 

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

fullsizeoutput_4640Category: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3/5
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I was so certain that this would be a 5 star read, but felt rather let down overall.

Starting with the positives, I think it’s safe to say that Chimamanda can be considered an authority when it comes to topics on race, identity & immigration. Her observations were completely brilliant, moving, honest and really thought provoking. Continue reading

Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStation Eleven follows the interconnected lives of 5 key characters pre and post the Georgian Flu epidemic which wipes out more than 99% of the world’s population. A key element of the story follows the Travelling Symphony, a group of performing theatre artists and musicians re-enacting Shakespeare’s plays to the remaining bands of survivors & scanty civilizations scattered across North America, 15 to 20 years after the collapse. Continue reading

How the Blessed Live by Susannah M.Smith

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis book was such an exception, nothing quite like I’ve ever read before. It was one of my selections for my #5startbrpredictions and though it wasn’t a 5 star read, I loved it and would highly recommend it. This novel has 59 ratings on Goodreads and definitely deserves more recognition. Part Egyptian myth, part Alice in Wonderland, it is a modern representation of the tale of Isis and Osiris. Continue reading