Millennium Series – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Some time ago, I used to avoid reading specific books or authors just because everyone around me would read them. It was the same with Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. Not until a few years ago did I realize that there’s a particular satisfaction in reading a book and then being able to discuss and share your thoughts about it with other people, so my idea of not reading popular titles was, of course, completely wrong from this perspective 🙂

So after hearing so much about this book series, I finally decided to give it a try. I’m almost through the third book now, and I’m happy I decided to read them. I’ve also seen the movie made after Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first in the series, and I definitely think the book is somewhat darker than the movie.

I also have a bit of context Continue reading

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Playing the Moldovans at Tennis

For those of you who frequently read my blog, it might seem strange to find this title among reviews for books written by award-winning authors like Marquez, Swift or McEwan, however, I enjoy reading all kinds of books! It’s more a matter of coming across different titles: some books never reach me because of my long reading list, which is keeping me from actively looking for newly published books.

Having received this book as a gift, I was intrigued just by reading the title: Moldovans and tennis in a single sentence didn’t make much sense to me. As far as I knew, Moldova didn’t have a strong tennis culture like other countries. So I googled some facts about Moldova’s results in tennis: their best tennis player is ranked as number 124 in the ATP list at the moment. I, thus, figured out that the book won’t be based on Moldova’s Continue reading

Atonement

I’ve had a hard time deciding how I should start this year’s blog post series, and which book to choose as the first to review in 2016. After pondering different arguments and looking back a few times over the list of books that I plan to review, I finally decided to go with the novel that I was reading at this same time a year ago. Last New Year’s found me reading Atonement by Ian McEwan.

When I discovered McEwan’s literary work, I read four of his book one after another. I enjoyed all of them, but there were two in particular that I liked most and I couldn’t decide on a favorite. Both were very interesting yet completely different. Atonement was the last out of the four that I read because it was slightly longer than the others and also because I’ve seen the movie and I knew the Continue reading

On Beauty

This is a novel written by British author Zadie Smith. I didn’t know exactly what to expect from the book, though I did have some high hopes based on the fact that it was shortlisted for the Man Book Prize award in 2005.

To be honest, the start of the novel didn’t impress me, but after patiently reading through the first 30%, I adjusted to the pace, began to like the style and became enthusiastic about the story. From then on, I went through the second half in a single sunny Sunday morning.

The entire story is carefully constructed and interesting, so I enjoyed the novel, and it wasn’t until after a few weeks that I realized I was still thinking about it. I liked the book because of its many details and intense action scenes, which lead to grave consequences in the novel’s revealing climax, while at the same Continue reading

The Feast of the Goat

I’m taking a risk writing a review for a novel written by a Nobel prize winner in literature, Mario Vargas Llosa.

Mario Vargas Llosa is yet another great author from Latin America-to be more specific, he is originally from Peru.

The Feast of the Goat is the first book I’ve read written by Mario Vargas Llosa, and I’m certainly going to read more of his work. I was captivated by this book, and even if it is quite long, it was interesting to see that I managed to complete it in just three days (I was of course on vacation 🙂 ).

The novel is based on true facts, namely the regime in the Dominican Republic under dictator Rafael Trujillo. The author presents historical events in an artistic, romantic manner. After I finished reading, I checked facts on Wikipedia and was surprised that something like that could actually happen. It would Continue reading

Amsterdam (novel)

The previous summer, I was searching the web for some ideas on good vacation reads, and came across an article about Ian McEwan. I was impressed with his writing career and felt a bit ashamed that up until that point I hadn’t read any of his works. I decided to fill the gap, and ordered four of his books: Amsterdam, Saturday, Enduring Love and Atonement. Both the article and his writing style must have been very convincing, since I read all four books one after another 🙂

Ian McEwan is a well-known English novelist and screenwriter. He was nominated for the Man Booker Prize six times and won the award in 1998 with the very novel I will be reviewing in this post. His writing style is simply perfect, and whenever I read something written by him, I’m surprised how every word fits in perfectly with the next, creating a Continue reading

The Light of Day

When I first began reading this novel by Graham Swift, I wanted to go through each page as fast as I could. But when I reached the final chapter, I went back and read it again a few times, since I couldn’t believe that was the end. I just loved the book, it’s easy to read and has a catchy plot.

The main narrative follows detective George Webb, in a profound reflection on a few of his cases, as well as his personal life and the way the two blend. There is of course a love story (or rather a few), but it is hard to tell if any of them have a happy ending. The book also deals with the abstract theme of deprivation, which is explored in a couple of secondary plot lines. Every character is stuck in his own circumstances or reality, without the possibility to escape Continue reading

One Hundred Years of Solitude

I’m almost certain that most people have heard of this book or at least about the author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It seems pointless to write yet another review out of thousands already available on the web, or outline facts about Marquez that could be easily looked up on Wikipedia (however I do recommend his page, it’s a captivating read).

Instead, I’d like to share the feeling I had when reading the book, and my opinion regarding Marquez’s literary style.

First of all, I chose One Hundred Years of Solitude as the opening post to my book section, because I was never more touched by a novel as I was after I finished Marquez’s masterpiece. It is simple, yet extremely complex, it is magical yet also bluntly realistic. I cannot say with certainty how the story is, and I would probably not remember the plot in detail even after I had Continue reading