Simon wrote:Anne Tyler - A Spool of Blue Thread
Man Booker Prize will be announced on October 13, so I'll better read that shortlist...
Since 2013 American authors are allowed as well, and this year, there are a LOT of Americans running for the Booker. Anne Tyler, winner of the Pulitzer prize, is shortlisted with her latest novel about the Whitshanks. On 400 pages, Tyler tells the story of a middle class family living in Baltimore. Her chapters move back and forth in time and all in all we get to know 3 (if you count the latest children, it's 4) generations and Tyler draws a vivid picture of impressive seven (!) decades.
This is a prime example of a novel I like. Bad thing is, novels I like cannot really be summarized like a crime novel (A woman is found dead with an exotic tattoo on her back. bla bla bla). What the reader of Spool of Blue Thread witnesses is really just an ordinary family, who, as every family, has a certain image of itself, but really has some darker secrets. This book is about everything that life consists of: sex, birth, death, and everything in between. love, hate, pride, health, illness and so on.
I immediately accepted the novel after a couple of pages and already liked some characters and was curious about them. Only flaw I see in this novel is that after a while I could not keep track of all the characters. Especially when the youngest children come visiting. Too many names, and many jumps in time made it a bit confusing, even though I read the book in just a couple of days.
In a nutshell, it really IS a lovely read. My prediction is, however, that it will not win the Booker Prize next week. Even though it is about something important: family, it does not feel like it is important enough for the Man Booker. And it might be almost "too readable".
Next up will be A Little Life. But more about that later.
action wrote:donna tartt - the goldfinch
chronicles the life of a boy that lost his family. it's full of great moments, friendship, lost loves and loved-ones.
it's also super thrilling and paranoia.
Innuendoes wrote:I don't think I will be reading the 2nd Harper Lee book, Go Set A Watchman, after all. Yesterday there was a special on PBS that was about the play that is being done by someone. I got in on that part, late. There were a lot of teens talking about the story and it sounded like Harper Lee really made that book be a racist piece of junk. The kids were all into it, too. Smh! I don't want to ruin my memories of To Kill A Mockingbird which I have on VHS, no less. In fact, I about know the story by heart, word for word, because I often play it when I go to sleep. I loved Scout back then and Boo Radley, Atticus and the rest of the cast. This play is most likely a good rendition of the 2nd book and it just kinda made me mad, seeing what I did. It will probably be repeated numerous times where I may be able to see the whole thing. Until then, forget it. I will stick with the original.
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