Sunday, October 29, 2017

CommonwealthCommonwealth by Ann Patchett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another book club selection that I loved. The story is beautiful and well crafted. No spoilers here but she is a magnificent writer with wonderful imagination and a real understanding of people and their problems.
Her characters are so real I feel like I actually know them. As in real life, some people are deep and challenging to know and others are thin, transparent and easily disregarded. So are the characters in this wonderfully conceived book. I highly recommend it.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

The ExtraThe Extra by A.B. Yehoshua
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An interesting book. When I read a book that is a translation I often wonder if some of the magic of the writing is from the translator or the author. Either way Yehoshua weaves an enticing and engrossing story of a complex person with an equally complex family and past. The past, present and music are woven into a great book.
One should read it without spoilers. For those who have traveled to Israel, you might see familiar places through new eyes. This is in the end a book about people and the forces that shape who they are and who they become.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Cuban AffairThe Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, this is the definition of a page turner. I must say that having taken a trip to Cuba of the sort that is depicted in the book made it come alive for me. He describes it beautifully. That was the hotel we stayed in and some of the excursions that our group took.
All in all, a great story well told. This is an example of great writing. I laughed out loud and the twists and turns often left me wondering what might happen next. I was often wrong. I mean this guy can tell a story. Can't wait for "Mac" to come back in another story.

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