This book is fundamentally the story of immigration and coming of age during the pioneer period of the 20s and 30s, and in young State of Israel. It is lighthearted and laugh out loud funny . I immediately felt like a part of the family. Having lived in Israel, the constant battle with keeping dirt out of the house brought back memories and made me laugh. Shalev takes you though the history of the early Jewish pioneers to Israel in a unique way – through the stories from his family. His grandmother, a young Russian bride finds herself in a […]
This is definitely not an easy read. It is slow, and methodical, much like each of the characters. Their stories are revealed through a series of flashbacks, as well as in their current situation. For me it revealed itself as a mystery, for in the end nothing was as it seemed in the beginning. It is the story of four troubled people who all find themselves, through different circumstances, living together in a bombed out Italian villa at the end of WWII. They are all drawn in by the title character, a dying burn victim, who tells his story of […]
I wanted to love this book. I am a huge Jane Austen fan and am always happy to read fan lit. So I was very excited about the prospect of this book, especially with all of the great reviews that I read. But I hated it. I think the thing that bugged me the most was the author’s treatment of Elizabeth (Zuri) and Darcy (Darius). Nothing about these characters reflected their original counterparts. Elizabeth Bennet is prideful, but she is also polite and kind. From Zuri I did not get pride, I got anger and insecurity and rudeness. One of […]
I re-read my favorite for #cbr10bingo Throwback Thursday, partly because it is still my favorite book, and party because I had just finished reading Heartstone, a fantasy version of P + P. I felt I needed to go back to the source.
I am a sucker for a good NY Times Bestseller by Dan Brown, particularly if the book involves Professor Robert Langdon. In “Origin,” the professor of symbology again finds himself in the center of a mess not of his own doing with twists and turns on every page. What made this book an especially fun read for me is that much of it takes place in Barcelona, the city I had just visited before I picked up the book. It was really fun to re-visit all of the landmarks I had just been to. Like other books in this series, […]
I have had this book on my TBR list for quite a while now. I don’t remember what drew me to buying it; I imagine that it was because it was fan fiction of one of my favorite Jane Austen novels, Pride and Prejudice. I don’t think I read the review though, or even the summary, because as much as I love JA, and am always up for giving some fan fiction a chance, a fantasy re-telling of the story would have been one step to far for me. But for whatever reason I picked this up, and I am […]
One of the greatest books of all time! I laughed. I cried. I made my husband read it. I will be gifting a copy to everyone I know. Winter Solstice Holiday of Choice shopping done! I had no idea, but in 2017, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah opened up a museum near Trump Tower featuring a compilation of some of the 45th President’s most famous (read” notorious, peculiar, insane) tweets. Then in 2018, luckily for those of us who missed the exhibit or don’t live near NYC, it was published as a book. The book features an introduction by […]
I admit that I only picked this up because I was looking for something to fit the “Not My Wheelhouse” category in #CBR10Bingo. I found it while searching my local library, having concluded that I would not typically read science fiction or graphic novels. So this seemed to fit the category twice over. I remember attempting to read this book when I was in high school, and hating it. I don’t think that I ever finished it. When Disney came out with a movie version this year, I was adamant about not seeing it. So I was pleasantly surprised that […]