Tag: Books: Translated Texts


Review: The English Teacher

Posted 30 January, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The English Teacher
By: Yiftach Reicher Atir
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

After attending her father’s funeral, former Mossad agent Rachel Goldschmitt empties her bank account and disappears. But when she makes a cryptic phone call to her former handler, Ehud, the Mossad sends him to track her down. Finding no leads, he must retrace her career as a spy to figure out why she abandoned Mossad before she can do any damage to Israel. But he soon discovers that after living under cover for so long, an agent’s assumed identity and her real one can blur, catching loyalty, love, and truth between them. In the midst of a high-risk, high-stakes investigation, Ehud begins to question whether he ever knew his agent at all.

In The English Teacher, Yiftach R. Atir drew on his own experience in intelligence to weave a psychologically nuanced thriller that explores the pressures of living under an assumed identity for months at a time.

I came across this book randomly–either from a newsletter from Penguin or a related book website or from Twitter–and the premise and the fact that it was translated from Hebrew was what caught my attention. It sounded like a fascinating read so I picked it up.

(This isn’t the book cover of my edition/the North American edition but I couldn’t find a hi-res version of the book cover I have)

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Review: The Frozen Heart

Posted 23 January, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Frozen Heart
By: Almudena Grandes
Format/Source: Paperback; my own copy

In a small town on the outskirts of Madrid, a funeral is taking place. Julio Carrion Gonzalez, a man of tremendous wealth and influence in Madrid, has come home to be buried. But as the family stand by the graveside, his son Alvaro notices the arrival of an attractive stranger—no one appears to know who she is, or why she is there. Alvaro’s questions deepen when the family inherits an enormous amount of money, a surprise even to them. In his father’s study Alvaro discovers an old folder with letters sent to his father in Russia between 1941 and 1943, faded photos of people he never met, and a locked grey metal box. The woman is Raquel Fernandez Perea, the daughter of Spaniards who fled during the Civil War. From the provincial heartlands of Spain to the battlefields of Russia, this is a mesmerizing journey through a war that tore families apart, pitting fathers against sons, brothers against brothers, and wives against husbands. Against such a past, where do faith and loyalty lie?

At long last, everyone, I have read it, I have read Almudena Grandes’ The Frozen Heart. It only sat on my TBR pile and my bookshelf for a couple years…Kept meaning to pick it up but as the book spans a good 800 pages, you really need to carve out a bit of time to just focus on this book. But anyway, I finally did it, finally picked it up 🙂

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Review: The Poisoned Crown

Posted 9 September, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Poisoned Crown (The Accursed Kings #3)
By: Maurice Druon
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

A crown is a poisonous thing…

After having his first wife murdered and his mistress exiled, the weak and impotent King Louis X of France becomes besotted with the lovely and pious Princess Clemence of Hungary.

Having made her his new queen, and believing the succession assured, Louis foolishly embarks upon an ill-fated war against Flanders.

The kingdom needs an Iron King. But where his father, Philip IV, was strong, Louis is feeble. Surrounded by ruthlessly ambitious nobles, Including Robert of Artois and his monstrous aunt, Mahaut, Louis will find himself a lamb amongst wolves.

And here we are, The Poisoned Crown. This is the last book I have of the series right now on my TBR pile as I haven’t picked up the rest of the series, but it’s good to read this series straight while the characters are still fresh in your mind. Contains some mild spoilers ahead!

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Review: The Strangled Queen

Posted 8 September, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Strangled Queen (The Accursed Kings #2)
By: Maurice Druon
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

The King is dead. Long live the King.

With King Philip IV dead, and the Kingdom left in disarray, as the fatal curse of the Templars plagues the royal house of France.

Imprisoned in Chateau Gaillard, Marguerite of Burgundy has fallen into disgrace. Her infidelity has left her estranged husband, Louis X King of France, with neither heir nor wife.

The web of scandal, murder and intrigue that once wove itself around the Iron King continues to afflict his descendants, as the destruction of his dynasty continues at the hands of fate.

You know, it only took me a century and a day to get around to the second novel after reading the first novel, The Iron King (review; I exaggerate–it’s only been three years 😛 ). Anyway, figured it was time to read the second book, I had been eyeing it forever and I did enjoy the first installment immensely.

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Review: A Man Called Ove

Posted 24 August, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 5 Comments

A Man Called Ove
By: Fredrick Backman
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.

But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?

In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible…

I had heard about this book in passing but never thought to really check it out until more recently. Ove sounds like quite the character and while by the premise alone, I had an inkling which way the story would go, I was nonetheless intrigued to read it and see for myself.

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