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Book Review: Joan London’s The Golden Age

The Golden Age by Joan London My rating: 2 of 5 stars I did find the setting and time intriguing, and the idea of a care home for kids with polio and a European immigrant couple adjusting to the New … Continue reading

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Book Review: Michael Cunningham’s The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham My rating: 5 of 5 stars Michael Cunningham has always been one of my favourite authors and his latest book, The Snow Queen, reminded me why: I think it will be one of my … Continue reading

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Book Review: Carmen Aguirre’s Something Fierce

Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre My rating: 4 of 5 stars On my last visit home to Vancouver, a friend gave me this book; I think he knows the author. When I first became friends … Continue reading

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Book Review: Patrick Gale’s Notes from an Exhibition

Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a novel about the death of an artist that allows an exploration of her family, with key themes of manic depression, the Quaker religion, artistic … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart My rating: 2 of 5 stars My real rating for this book would be one star, but I think that’s unfair of me because I didn’t finish it. I used to always … Continue reading

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Book Review: Andrew O’Hagan’s ‘Be Near Me’

Be Near Me by Andrew O’Hagan My rating: 3 of 5 stars Because I’d raved about O’Hagan’s Marilyn Monroe book (as narrated by her dog, Maf), a new literary friend loaned me one of his favourite books, ‘Be Near Me’. … Continue reading

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Book Review (of sorts): Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel My rating: 4 of 5 stars I understand the fuss, and also the frustration. The writing in this book is simply beautiful, and the portrait of Cromwell, and his negotiations, machinations and dealings, is complex … Continue reading

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Book Review: Michel Houllebecq’s The Elementary Particles

The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq My rating: 2 of 5 stars When in France… Well, I’d heard about Houellebecq for years but never picked up anything until ‘The Elementary Particles’, much celebrated and much discussed, though I stayed away … Continue reading

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Book Review: Roddy Doyle’s Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle My rating: 2 of 5 stars Sigh. The last time I was suckered into reading a Booker Prize winner and disliked it was Ben Okri’s Famished Road. When I was in university, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sarah Turnbull’s Almost French: A New Life In Paris (Memoir)

Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull My rating: 3 of 5 stars Written in a breezy journalist’s style and with the brief to write about culture shock in Paris, this book was interesting and … Continue reading

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