RSS

Tag Archives: european reading challenge

{Review} Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950 – Mark Mazower

Prior to reading this book, the only thing that sprang to mind at the mention of this quintessentially Greek city was an Irish Folk/ Independence song, Salonica. I hoped this weighty tome (coming in at a chunky 544 pages) would shed some light on Salonica, or Thessaloniki as it is now called.
Read the rest of this entry »

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Books, European Reading Challenge

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

{Review} The Second Death – Peter Tremayne

{Review} The Second Death – Peter Tremayne

It may be the 26th novel in the Fidelma series, but Peter Tremayne is not showing any sign of wanting to say farewell to this exciting, intelligent character. And thank goodness for that! Read the rest of this entry »

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

{Review} The Year of Living Danishly – Helen Russell

{Review} The Year of Living Danishly – Helen Russell

When lifestyle writer, Helen Russell’s husband (known only as Lego Man throughout the book) got headhunted for a job in the High Temple of Lego itself… I mean Lego HQ! After much wheedling on his part, they decided to both decamp to Denmark for a year.

Because you’re never too old for Lego, amiright? Read the rest of this entry »

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

{Review} The Immaculate Deception – Ian Pears

{Review} The Immaculate Deception – Ian Pears

Review
This is the seventh and final book in Ian Pears’ Jonathan Argyll Series. Fortunately, you don’t need to have read any of the previous books in order to understand or enjoy this one.

Flavia di Stefano, the head of the Italian Art Theft Squad is faced with a dilemma. She has been ordered by the newly appointed Prime Minister to get recover a recently stolen painting from what will be a major exhibition at any cost. This is far easier said than done when she realises that to pay the ransom wanted for the painting will lead to her dismissal from the post or worse, to being jailed.

Desperate for help, she joins forces with her ex-boss, Bottando to try to reclaim it. When the attempt to recover the painting and catch the thief goes wrong, Flavia fears the consequences. Turning to Jonathan for help, the two start to unravel a plot that could bring the government to its knees and cause her death.

Overall
A well-written and exciting book. Pears’ knowledge of and passion for Art History shines through. Coupled with his character creation, The Immaculate Deception makes for a good read.

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

{Review} From Under the Rubble – Solzhenitsyn

{Review} From Under the Rubble – Solzhenitsyn

This collection features 11 essays written by Solzhenitsyn, Barabenov, A.B. Yehoshua, Shafarevich, Korsakov, Agursky and Borisov and was first published in English in 1975.

From Under the Rubble was intended as a discussion and debate starter on the future of the U.S.S.R. In the foreword and his first essay of 4 (in this collection), Solzhenitsyn explores how, “over half a century of enforced silence” has left every mind in the U.S.S.R. deeply scarred by the “shackles” of propaganda and fear. He also insists that although (comparative) freedom of speech has recently  come into existence again, the Soviet nation is in danger of not being freed from, “the lie forced upon us [by the State]”. Read the rest of this entry »

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on July 4, 2016 in 2016 Reading Challenge

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

{Review} Too Loud a Solitude – Bohumil Hrabal

{Review} Too Loud a Solitude – Bohumil Hrabal

Review
For 35 years, Haňt’a has worked as a compactor of wastepaper and books. You could be forgiven for thinking the destroyer of tonnes of literature (subversive and otherwise) is an unthinking cog in the police state’s machine.
Read the rest of this entry »

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 17, 2016 in 2016 Reading Challenge, Books

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

{Review} A Cruel Courtship – Candace Robb

{Review} A Cruel Courtship – Candace Robb

Review
A Cruel Courtship is the last book in the Margaret Kerr series. Set in Scotland in 1297, just before the Battle of Stirling Bridge, this book ties up several of the loose threads that have been left hanging over Margaret’s head. It also allows Robb to ‘retire’ Margaret from her role, gently writing her out. Read the rest of this entry »

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 14, 2016 in 2016 Reading Challenge, Books

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

 
Flavia the Bibliophile

Book, TV, beauty reviews, and more!

An Armchair By The Sea

Because it doesn't get wilder than a night spent reading and knitting...

LIGHTEN UP.

Words helping us unwind!

Clockwork Bibliophile

“Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision.”

Jesse Tavistock

Culture, Music, Life and Ideas

Deidra Alexander's Blog

I have people to kill, lives to ruin, plagues to bring, and worlds to destroy. I am not the Angel of Death. I'm a fiction writer.

Northwest Mamahood

Appreciate & Support Parenthood in the PNW

%d bloggers like this: