‘Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982’ is a simple book, but one that is striking in its seeming mundanity. The protagonist, Jiyoung, is worrying her husband – putting on strange impressions of other women in her life which she can’t remember afterwards. To get to the bottom of what may have caused her mental breakdown this bookContinue reading “Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-joo”
When I started ‘The Snakes’ I was gloriously unaware it had a notorious twist ending that shocked and enraged readers. More on my opinion of the ending later, but it was nice to not have any preconceived ideas about where it was going. I initially passed over this book because of its cover, which madeContinue reading “The Snakes by Sadie Jones”
I’ll admit it – this wasn’t the right book for me to read at this current moment in time. Set on a surreal island where people’s memories of objects and creatures are disappearing one by one, ‘The Memory Police’ is a disturbing but seemingly charming tale. Forgotten objects remain physically, but people are unable toContinue reading “The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa”
In 2019 we got another one for the canon of novels written about great houses and the family relationships entwined around them. In Patchett’s novel the titular Dutch House becomes another character, and I could visualise it in luscious detail (the gilded leaves of the dining room ceiling, the imposing portraits of the VanHoebeeks, theContinue reading “The Dutch House by Ann Patchett”
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