This is Jill's take on Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer. Zachary decided to forego the reading of this one before we left it behind with plans to listen via Audible. Jill has been itching to clear the blog draft bin and thus is putting this out there solo. Read what she thought of it here.
The Vacationers is a fun yet still dark quick read. It took no time to complete this book because the quick pace of the writing has you compelled to keep going even well past your bedtime.
The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks is apparently a classic. Neither of us had heard of it before, but were both intrigued by the subject matter when we came across it at a bookstore in Barcelona. The story follows the months after a young woman discovers she's pregnant and how she now must navigate through the world at a different socio and economic level than before.
Perhaps we were drawn to Heroes of the Frontier for obvious reasons - it's the tale of a road trip cum self discovery tour after one's life begins to fall apart. The characters and scenery are characteristically fabulous for Dave Eggers. This is an engrossing read and one that we both found hard to put down.
It's sad to say that we only picked up this book because we were without any reading materials toward the end of our time in Morocco. But we're so happy that we did. This was an super quick and enjoyable tale of relocation, trying to learn new customs and sorting one's way through remodeling a huge home in a foreign country. Perhaps it spoke to us because we could sympathize with his struggles based on our time in Morocco too. Whatever the reason; this was a happy surprise.
We both read this novel at a fevered pitch, each finishing it in only several days. It's one of those novels you don't want to end. Not because it's so well written (which it is) but because of the topic and the pace of the plot. Summary: Women take over the world, chaos ensues.
This was honestly the first novel either of us has read by Salman Rushdie. Previous attempts have failed due to heavy brick like sentences. While the writing style is still the same, this novel seemed more palatable. Maybe because it has to do with the Jinn and we were in the Sahara....
If On a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino is one of the most unique books either of us have read. The books takes you through the strange tale of two readers who buy the newest book by Calvino only to find there's been a printing error. Throughout the tale of trying to determine what's happened to the book, Calvino weaves an intricate web of varying tales without ever completing one. It made for an interesting and entertaining read.
The Milkman in the Night by Andrey Kurkov is a tale so fantastic as to be totally realistic. Unwed mothers being used for their breast milk, sleepwalking adventures, vigilante cats, a network of pharmacists taking over Kiev and some drug smuggling and cheese making on the side. Never a dull moment with Kurkov!
It's always nice to find an author that consistently puts out work you can rely upon to challenge and to teach you new things and new ways of seeing the world. Han King is one such author.