1945 post war Italy. Furnivall transports us to the Southern city of Naples to follow the riveting story of Caterina Lombardi and the course of events which turned her life upside down. Historical fiction at its best, this book is a fine insight into the devastation and destruction felt by the Italians at the end of the second world war.
Set in 1938 Paris, France. The story of Romaine and Florence DuChamps – twin sisters whose lives are thrust into turmoil after a shocking series of events that unfolded in their fathers study eight years earlier. Who killed him? And why? Continue reading The Betrayal – Kate Furnivall
Although I have to appreciate that this novel was one of Pellegrino’s older works, I must admit I was extremely disappointed. Having read two other novels for Pellegrino. Food of Love Cookery School and Under Italian Skies I can say that I have had a very similar gripe with both of them too.
The characters always lack depth and personality because she crams too many people into the story. I can understand that they were all imperative to the progress of the story, but nevertheless she could do much more justice to the novel by focusing on a few central characters. I say this particularly because Pellegrino has a knack for descriptions. I really feel she could do a lot more to connect the reader with the characters using her beautiful descriptive writing power if she focused on a few rather than many.
It has been a long time coming. This review has been one that I have written and re-written over and over again just plainly because my feelings toward it have been so hard to articulate effectively. They are a comfort, an excitement and a reminder that literature can still evoke in us a certain indescribable feeling.
I have read and re-read all three books so many times that I can almost tell you the series of events that transpired blindly. I speak of the characters as people that I know personally. And whilst there is nothing predictable about these books you find yourselves with such an affinity to the character you would scoff to yourself and say “ha! Typically Tatiana”.
It has been utterly amusing for me to see my favourite Australian Author thrust into the spotlight after American TV channel HBO created a seven-episode mini series centred around her 2014 novel ‘Big Little Lies’. Anyone who has read her novels know that their irresistible appeal stems largely from the fact that she describes people, places and situations with such uncomfortably recognisable detail that it is hard to put the book down. In the case of Big Little Lies, a satirical, humorous, suspense novel which is filled to the brim with wit and humour that surrounds the first year of school in a Sydney beach suburb. Where the adults need more watching than the children, and the obsessive politics that goes into planning sausage sizzles and trivia nights is key. Whilst the book was fantastic, I can’t help but feel complete lacklustre about the TV adaptation.
If you’ve known me for a while now, you’ve probably realised my obsession with books. If you’ve ever asked me for a book recommendation, there’s probably a chance I’ve fished out a Liane Moriarty novel from my handbag (one of her books I had been re-reading for the third or fourth time) and shoved it in your face while excitedly telling you to READ IT. I’ve probably gone on to present you with a soliloquy on how every single one of Liane Moriarty’s books are amazing, and how she is the most talented author whose books I cannot fault and are my favourite thing to read.
Well, all this was very true up until now. Continue reading Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty
This exemplary piece of literary fiction, a 530 page novel written by American author Anthony Doerr (2014) was the winner of the Purlitzer Prize in 2014 and was highly acclaimed winning many awards. The story follows the juxtaposing lives of Werner, a young German orphan living in an orphan house with his younger sister Jutta, and Marie Laure a blind French girl living in an apartment in central Paris with her father, whose lives ultimately end up crossing paths in occupied France at the start of World War II.
It is a riveting, captivating, story that is so well written and has the most hauntingly beautiful prose I have probably ever read. With that being said, I do have some issues with the length in which the background story goes on for. I felt like I arrived to the middle of the book and I was still waiting on the story to really take off and begin. Continue reading All The Light We Cannot See- Anthony Doerr