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It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it.

Much as I’m a massive fan of literature in translation, there are certain reading joys that only really come with understanding the precise nuances of the author’s chosen language.  The moment when I realised that my reading would only ever be … Continue reading

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Ironic Book Titles

I recently read ‘The Heat of the Day‘, which is  great book with a great title, but I can’t help thinking that the two don’t really match up.  Frankly, most of the memorable events take place at night and much … Continue reading

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Best of the Rest 2015

Earlier this week, I wrote about the Russian reading that took up so much of my time during 2015 (you can see my conclusions and recommendations here).  I did read other books too though, and there are some that I really … Continue reading

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A Gang-land battle, ‘A Brief History of 7 Killings’ vs. ‘All involved by Ryan Gattis (2015)

There you are, no highly publicised books about gangs and the dispossessed for ages and then two come along at the same time!  Of course, if I was a better reader I would be able to take each book in … Continue reading

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If you liked ‘The Wire’, then you’ll love … ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’, by Marlon James (2014)

The blurb of this book explains that it deals with an attempted assassination attempt on Bob Marley by seven unnamed gunmen.  This does nothing to convey the complexity, subtlety and humanity of the novel. Instead I’m going to have to … Continue reading

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