L´ Immoraliste (1902)
The story of a man, Michel, who travels through Europe and North Africa attempting to pass beyond the limits of conventional morality at the time. When this book was published it was considered shocking. I will be curious how shocking it is in terms of today’s morals. I was inspired to read André Gide via Claire’s blogpost about French Literature on Word by Word.
Classic American writer who I have never read. John Updike saw himself as a literary spy in surburban America. He was the ‘golden boy’ at The New Yorker for years and is known for Rabbit,Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich and Rabbit at Rest. This looks like a great biography!
O, Louis (2014)
This is the new book from the Dutch sport journalist Hugo Borst. I don’t have to tell you how proud we all are in The Netherlands of the Dutch Soccer team during the World Championship in Brazil. Now it is time to learn more about the man who has guided our ‘dream team’, Louis van Gaal. He has a great track record winning championships with clubs as Barcelona and Bayern-Munchen. Let’s see what he can do for Manchester United. There are going to be some changes made in Manchester, that’s for sure!
I discoverd Buvard via Pauline’s website Critiques de Livres. She is my ‘ go to blog’ when I’m searching for a contemporary French book to read. As you can see on the cover it was awarded the Prix Françoise Sagan 2014. This is a literary prize started in 2010 to honor the memory of Françoise Sagan. The award is for a novel or novella in French by a writer who has yet to win any major literary prizes during the year. I’m anxious to discover this author, Julia Kerninon
The Cuckoo´s Calling (2013)
The Cuckoo’s Calling is my ‘take a chance’ selection. Colin was so enthusiastic about this book on his blog The Only Way is Reading. I never heard of the author Robert Galbraith and that is no surprise. It is the pseudonym for J.K. Rowling!
De Velzer Affaire (2013)
De Velzer Affaire has been nominiated for the best history book in The Netherlands, Libris Geschiedenis Prijs 2014. This was a complot in Velzen ( town in Holland) where by the police and resistance were involved. I had never heard of this part of Dutch history. There are still many unanswered questions about this conspiracy. Thanks to private donations a large amount of money was gathered so that Bas von Benda-Beckmann could investigate the affaire.
Shah of Shah’s (1982)
Shah of Shahs was written by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński. It is an analysis of the decline and fall of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran. I contacted a friend who lives in Poland and she tells me Ryszard was one of their most famous journalists! I was read Louise’s review at Goodreads and knew this book was a ‘must read’ for me as a history lover!
The 13 Clocks (1950)
The 13 Clocks is a fantasy tale written by James Thurber. The story is noted for Thurber’s constant, complex wordplay, and his use of occasional hidden rhyme. By the time he wrote this book, Thurber was blind, so he could not draw cartoons for the book. Thurber made Marc Simont describe all his illustrations to him. I´m reading this book inspired by Cleo´s website Children´s Classic Books Carousel. I always loved Thurber stories with his zany illustrations of chubby, bossy wives, thin, spineless husbands and mischevious dogs!