02 November 2014

The year in books: November

Aloha! A pretty apt greeting for y'all since I'm currently in Honolulu, Hawaii for 12 days, a mixture of work and holiday. Not gonna lie, it's pretty lush. And it gives me an excellent opportunity to devour some books! Let us begin.

October...

Burial Rites - Hannah Kent (2013)

date finished: 26 Oct 2014  |   ISBN: 1447233174    |     pages: 355 (Paperback)


Iceland, 1829. Agnes is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award, this is based on a true story about the last public execution in Iceland.

Descriptions of Iceland, including what must have been, and likely still is, but without central heating in the mid 1800's, excruciatingly cold winter tempers really brought the country to life as well as immersing me in the atmosphere and surroundings, pulling me into the story. The ending was what one might come to expect, and what one might consider a twist was not really a surprise. But whilst the 'facts' leading up to Agnes' conviction are recorded and written in folklore, the story of Agnes herself remains a mystery. This is what Kent puts words to. I read right to the end, including the epilogue and book club questions; all very insightful. I would recommend this one. 
 

rating: ★★★★☆



November...

November's book, hopefully one of many, is the winner of 2014 Man Booker Prize; The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. 
In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.
Has anyone read this? What did you think? I studied the shortlist before the winner was announced, and this was the one that definitely stood out to me. Straight on the to-read list it went.


Right, it's 8:30am so off for a mega American breakfast, and avec mes livres, TO THE BEACH!


What are you reading?

Jen


Want to take part in The Year in Books project?
Visit Laura's November link-up post at The Circle of Pine Trees blog to add yourself to the list and grab the  button she's very kindly created. You can take part using the hashtag  #theyearinbooks on Instagram and Twitter. There is also a Pinterest board and a Goodreads group. I know; great, right?