Saturday, 5 March 2011

World Book Night: some old reviews

Good morning and happy World Book Night one and all.

For me, WBN isn't just about sharing the love of one book, but all books. Yesterday I reposted a review of Love in the Time of Cholera, the book I've chosen to give away, and here are links to some of the other WBN books I've read and reviewed over the years.

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

A Fine Balance by Rohinron Mistry

I'm surprised to note that I've never reviewed Cloud Atlas, Northern Lights, or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, but then, I didn't love any of these. Had they chosen the complete His Dark Materials I would have chosen it without a doubt, for the second two books of Philip Pullman's epic are some of my favourite ever books. But Northern Lights didn't quite do it for me in the same way.

Since Christmas I have also been reading Fingersmith by Sarah Waters and am seriously impressed with it. But other books - for bookclubs, or programmes I run - keep getting in the way of it so I'm now saving it for my next holiday. Bring it on, I can't wait to return to some good old gothic victoriana!

For me, Love in the Time of Cholera was the pick of a good but not great list. Here then, is a link to the book I would have wanted to share with readers, had I had completely free choice. It is, as you might have guessed, Charles Palliser's masterpiece - The Quincunx

As part of World Book Night I'll also be purchasing a relatively unknown book that I like from an independent bookshop to give away. I don't know what it'll turn out to be, but I'll be back to share it with you tomorrow.


mary said...

I remember sitting up all night reading The Quincunx, I loved it.

Sam Ruddock said...

Ditto! Wish we could do a book giveaway of this size for the Quincunx!

1100 pages wouldn't put anyone off reading, would it?

Minnie said...

Lovely to find another 'Quincunx' fan! Found it an enthralling read. Sadly, found the follow-up more than a bit meh ...