Summer Reading: Part Two A small blog of books

2021 October 9 · 12:46

Leïla Slimani “Other Countries”, translated from the French by Sam Taylor, is the first book in a planned historical fiction trilogy. The “Country of Others” opens up in a completely different environment and genre than the “Lullaby” of Slimani’s breakthrough rabbit, immediately after World War II, when a Frenchman from Alsace, Matilda, falls in love with Amine, a Moroccan war fighting the French, and moves to Morocco with him in 1946. when they get married. Mathilde raises their daughter Aich and son Selim, and Amine works on the farm, but she is increasingly disappointed with her choice. Inspired by the life of Slimani’s grandmother, who also left Alsace, married to a Moroccan soldier, “Country of Others” is a very personal project of Slimani. It suffers somewhat from a lack of narrative motility, often read as a series of vignettes, but perhaps the formation of a trilogy will result in a broader picture. I look forward to reading the next section, which will be set in the 1960s.

Seven men of Evelyn Hugo Taylor Jenkins ReidTaylor Jenkins Reid “Seven Men of Evelyn Hugo” tells the story of a legendary Hollywood actress, the daughter of a Cuban immigrant living in the kitchen of hell, who becomes a rising star in the 1960s, followed by a stormy love life. Like many men, the heart of the novel lies in Hugo’s secret relationship with fellow actress Celia St. James. Now, in the late 1960s and living in public since the 1980s, Hugo decides it’s the right time to publish his memoirs and contacts an unknown young journalist, Monique Grant, who will be the author of her ghosts. I really enjoyed 2019. Reid’s novel Daisy Jones & The Six, and in 2017. The novel The Seven Men of Evelyn Hugo is another fascinating work of escapism about the price of fame and the culture of celebrities, which is said to be partly inspired by film life. stars like Elizabeth Taylor. The raid is very successful in creating complex characters, and Evelyn Hugo’s ambitions and charisma, along with vulnerabilities, are presented in a realistic and emotionally correct way.

Brixton Hill Lottie MoggachLottie Moggach Brixton Hill tells the story of Rob, who is nearing the end of a seven – year open prison in Brixtone and is working on a liberation day at a nearby charity shop. An accidental encounter with a woman named Steph replaces Rob and he looks forward to meeting her, even though it violates the terms of his license. While it soon becomes clear that Steph’s motives are not what they seem at first, the story unfolds very satisfactorily, with many twists and turns and one of the best outcomes I’ve had in a long time. Moggach’s former partner is Chris Atkins, whose memoir A Bit of a Stretch is the story of his five-year sentence in a UK prison serving a tax fraud offense, and his knowledge of the justice system provides a complete picture of life. authentic. Robo’s emotions are especially compelling at a time when he’s desperately trying to stay straight and narrow before the inevitable release. I felt conflicting feelings about Moggach’s debut “Kiss Me First” back in 2015, but her latest novel is an engaging and accomplished piece.

This is the story of a happy marriage to Ann PatchettThis is the story of Ann Patchett’s happy marriage is a collection of non-fiction works by the author, first published in 2013. The title is about how she eventually married her husband Karl, after an unfortunate brief first marriage in the early twenties. The longer works in this collection are usually the most engaging to read and usually surprising. In Siena, Patchett tries to attend the Los Angeles Police Academy after the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, researching a book about police. I look forward to reading Truth and Beauty, which is in 2004. Patchett’s book about her friendship with the deceased writer Lucy Grealy was published and became the subject of a South Carolina censorship campaign, as described in detail in The Right to Read. Overall, “This is a happy marriage story” is the more eclectic collection of essays I had hoped for, and the better.

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