Tag: 2012

47. ‘Grimm Tales for Young and Old’ by Philip Pullman

The Book: I was very excited when I saw that Philip Pullman had rewritten Grimm’s fairytales. First, because I was in the middle of Angela Carter’s ‘versions’ of fairytales, and so was intrigued to read yet another writer’s …

46. ‘The Dervish’ by Frances Kazan

The Book: [CONTAINS SPOILERS] I thought it was very interesting to read ‘The Dervish’, having only recently finished ‘Samarkand‘, because the two stories are very similar. Both deal with uprising and revolution in the Middle East, and both …

45. ‘Final Exam’ by Julio Cort├ízar

The Book: [CONTAINS SPOILERS] For a significant part of this book, I didn’t really know what was going on, and that’s the way I like it. I love writers who evoke rather than describe, writers who aren’t afraid …

44. ‘The Light of Amsterdam’ by David Park

The Book: ‘The Light of Amsterdam’ is narrated by three characters. They each travel to Amsterdam – one for a hen weekend, one for a Bob Dylan concert, and one for a holiday with her husband – and …

43. ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky

The Book: ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is the classic coming of age story. Charlie begins to write letters to a friend of a friend, who he has never met, but who he thinks sounds nice because …