Monthly Archives: April 2017

“The Forty Rules of Love” by Elif Shafak

Like In Kate Mosse’s “Labyrinth” here we have two parallel narratives—one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century. But the thirteenth century thread is set in Konya not Carcassonne. In the present we have Ella, an unfulfilled Jewish … Continue reading

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“Revival” by Stephen King

Stephen King has written over 50 novels, of which maybe I’ve read half, he is a consummate storyteller. This story builds slowly, starting as a contemporary drama type book that creates complex characters, looks at themes of religion and family, … Continue reading

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“Fugitive Pieces” by Anne Michaels

These Canadian authors have a poetic way with words: Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro and now Anne Michaels… This is the story of Jakob Beer, a seven year old Jewish boy in the Polish town of Biskupin, the site of an … Continue reading

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There’s a Hebrew saying : Hold a book in your hand and you’re a pilgrim at the gates of  a new city.

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“Squall” by Sean Costello

This is a fast paced action thriller. Dale, an incompetent drug dealer with his junkie girlfriend botch a deal and head to a lakeside cabin to lay low. They are pursued by a couple of psychopathic Indian hitmen of the … Continue reading

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“The Discreet Hero” by Mario Vargas Llosa

In 2010 the Peruvian writer, Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Despite the laureates, this novel is quite  straightforward and even at times has elements of a telenovella. Our discreet hero is Felícito Yanaque, a man who wakes … Continue reading

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