Tag: Rating: 1 star

Review: Paris

Posted 10 June, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

By: Marcus Giralt Torrente
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Paris depicts a man’s journey through the labyrinth of his memories, a search for his origins that will uncover an old family secret and turn his world upside down. A mesmerizing and haunting story by award-winning author Marcos Giralt Torrente, a master craftsman calibrating nuance and impact with a true gift.

I picked this book up during a sale on Kobo. I never heard of the author or the book before encountering it on Kobo, but I quickly learned that the author is Spanish and, as someone keen on reading more literature by Spanish authors, I thought it would be interesting to check out this title.

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Review: The Sunken Cathedral

Posted 1 June, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Sunken Cathedral
By: Kate Walbert
Format/Source: Advanced reading copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA via the GoodReads First Reads programme

Marie and Simone, friends for decades, were once immigrants to the city, survivors of World War II in Europe. Now widows living alone in Chelsea, they remain robust, engaged, and adventurous, even as the vistas from their past interrupt their present. Helen is an art historian who takes a painting class with Marie and Simone. Sid Morris, their instructor, presides over a dusty studio in a tenement slated for condo conversion; he awakes the interest of both Simone and Marie. Elizabeth is Marie’s upstairs tenant, a woman convinced that others have a secret way of being, a confidence and certainty she lacks. She is increasingly unmoored—baffled by her teenage son, her husband, and the roles she is meant to play.

I’ve never read anything by this author but it was the premise that caught my attention. It sounded interesting–about a pair of friends who survived the Second World War and living now in New York City. I was pleasantly surprised to learn I had won an ARC of this novel via GoodReads. This book will be available in 09 June 2015.

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Review: Cymbeline

Posted 20 August, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: eBook; my copy

The King of Britain, enraged by his daughter’s disobedience in marrying against his wishes, banishes his new son-in-law. Having fled to Rome, the exiled husband makes a foolish wager with a villain he encounters there gambling on the fidelity of his abandoned wife.

Combining courtly menace and horror, comedy and melodrama, Cymbeline is a moving depiction of two young lovers driven apart by deceit and self-doubt.

Moving along with my Shakespeare reading this year is Cymbeline. Perhaps not as familiar as Shakespeare’s other historical titles, I believe I was compelled to pick up this title having listened to Loreena McKennit’s song “Cymbeline” (listen here).

This book is part of the William Shakespeare Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.

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Review: Personal Effects

Posted 12 March, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Personal Effects
By: Francesca Duranti
Format/Source: Advanced reading copy courtesy of Open Road Integrated Media via NetGalley

An abandoned wife travels into the heart of the Eastern bloc in search of an elusive writer and her own identity in this wry and captivating satire

Valentina has spent the last decade as a most dutiful wife: cooking meals, cleaning house, and translating dry liturgical writings for her husband, Ricardo, to use in his own bestselling literary endeavors. When Ricardo leaves her for another woman, Valentina realizes there is little in her life that is truly hers. So she resolves to strike out on her own as a journalist and track down the elusive novelist Milos Jarco, hiding somewhere in pre-glasnost Eastern Europe. Perhaps in finding Jarco, she can find herself as well.

The gray world she enters is marked by tight lips, guarded secrets, and universal mistrust. Her search for Jarco hits roadblock after roadblock. But on her odyssey through the Soviet hinterland, Valentina encounters something unexpected. She discovers passion . . . and oddly enough, freedom.

Personal Effects was the other book I picked up from the publishers via NetGalley. The premise of the novel sounded interesting–travelling through Soviet Eastern Europe, trying to take charge of her life again–and despite of my questions of the plot, I did like Duranti’s Happy Ending (review) enough. This novel was released on 21 January 2014.

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Review: The Taming of the Shrew

Posted 6 March, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Taming of the Shrew
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: Ebook; my copy

Renowned as Shakespeare’s most boisterous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew is the tale of two young men, the hopeful Lucentio and the worldly Petruchio, and the two sisters they meet in Padua.

Lucentio falls in love with Bianca, the apparently ideal younger daughter of the wealthy Baptista Minola. But before they can marry, Bianca’s formidable elder sister, Katherine, must be wed. Petruchio, interested only in the huge dowry, arranges to marry Katherine -against her will- and enters into a battle of the sexes that has endured as one of Shakespeare’s most enjoyable works.

Continuing along with the Shakespeare challenge! I decided on this play as my next read because I remember reading how 10 Things I Hate About You was loosely based off this play (and I enjoyed that movie enough years ago) 😉

This book is part of the William Shakespeare Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.

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