Those of you who have visited Novel Suggestions previously may have cottoned on by now that I am hugely drawn to books that open my eyes to far off lands and lifestyles. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao certainly fit the bill in that respect as I have to admit that prior to reading it I was more than a little ignorant of the people and politics of the Dominican Republic.
This winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction gives not only a good insight into the the beauty of the country, but also a taste of its cruel history. It is certainly a novel full of energy, romance and more than a touch of sadness.
Read on for a full review…. (more…)
I recently received a brief review of Heidi, kindly sent in by one of my visitors, and although I don’t usually feature reviews of children’s books, it got me thinking about some of the great classic children’s titles and how well they would be received by today’s youngsters. I never actually read Heidi myself, but can well remember my older sisters enjoying the book; at that age I had my own personal favourites by writers such as Alan Garner and Roald Dahl to keep me enthralled.
So how do these old classic children’s books stand the test of time? Are they still able to deliver the joy we all remember them for? First let’s start with Aakanksha Singh’s review and discuss it further from there. (more…)