June Books Review
We had no set book this month, so we all chose a good read, some very successfully, others not quite so.
The one 10/10 was by Rohinton Mistry “A Fine Balance” – an exceptional novel about India during The Emergency. (We as a group had read this author’s “Family Matters” and had loved it)
Several highly recommended 9/10s:
“Four Seasons in Rome, On Twins, Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World” – a delightfully funny memoir by Anthony Duerr (chosen because of the group’s recent unanimous admiration of Duerr’s novel “All the Light we Cannot See”).
“The Golden Hill” by Francis Spufford – rich in language and history. Compulsively readable.
“Exposure” by Helen Dunmore – a spy come love story. Thoroughly enjoyable.
“Human Croquet” by Kate Atkinson – a gripping surreal mystery. Wonderfully written.
A 7/10, and recommended.
“The Reader on the 6.27” by Jean Paul Didierlaurent- a very enjoyable quirky read.
“Murder at the Vicarage” by Agatha Christie – part of a mammoth task to read all Christie works. Enjoying so far…
Not quite such successful choices were:
“The Power” by Naomi Alderman – (science fiction) not particularly enjoyed, nor recommended .
“Death of an Avid Reader” by Francis Brodie – not enjoyed.
We return to concentrating on one book next month.