Thursday, 21 June 2018

Book Review: The heart's invisible furies - J. Boyne

Really good start, gripping and interesting. The voice of this little boy, adopted by the weirdest couple. It becomes very tedious for me after the first quarter, all about "boys talks" and politics

Overall rating:  Abandoned   Plot: 6     Writing style: 5    Cover:  4

Title: The heart's invisible furies
Author: John Boyne
Publisher: Black Swan
Pages: 720
Publication year: 2017

The Plot:
Forced to flee the scandal brewing in her hometown, Catherine Goggin finds herself pregnant and alone, in search of a new life at just sixteen. She knows she has no choice but to believe that the nun she entrusts her child to will find him a better life.
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or so his parents are constantly reminding him. Adopted as a baby, he’s never quite felt at home with the family that treats him more as a curious pet than a son. But it is all he has ever known.
And so begins one man’s desperate search to find his place in the world. Unspooling and unseeing, Cyril is a misguided, heart-breaking, heartbroken fool. Buffeted by the harsh winds of circumstance towards the one thing that might save him from himself, but when opportunity knocks, will he have the courage, finally, take it?

The Author:
John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. The winner of three Irish Book Awards, he is the author of ten novels for adults, five for younger readers and a collection of short stories. The international bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was made into a Miramax feature film and has sold more than six million copies worldwide. His novels are published in over fifty languages. He lives in Dublin.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Book Review: Manhattan Beach _ J.Egan

Oh dear... I had so many expectations about this book, having read great reviews. And no, not for me, I had to put it down after the first 30 pages. I just could not get into it.
Maybe I will give it another try later in the year..

Overall rating:  ABANDONED    Writing style: 4    Cover:  7

Title: Manhattan Beach
Author: Jennifer Egan
Publisher: Corsair
Pages: 512
Publication year: 2017

The Plot:
Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles
Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have been murdered.

The Author:
Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection.  Her new novel, Manhattan Beach, published last fall, has been awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.  Her last novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize.  Also a journalist, she has written frequently in the New York Times Magazine.