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A Painted House, a novel by John Grisham ( book review and recommendation by @bookmagiclove)

Back when I was a student, there was a  professor who used fragments of texts from John Grisham's novels for our translation courses. That's how I first read Grisham, but even in that odd fragmented form, he had caught my attention. I was determined to read more of him and I surely enough I did just that. Now I am here with a rather long review of one of his novels. A Painted House is a beautiful historical novel, one that I can gladly recommend. Told from a perspective of a boy, this novel took me back to my childhood. It made me care about the characters and what happened to them. Perhaps I could go as far as to say, it got under my skin.





Books are magic. That much I'm sure of.  Take this one, for example, it allows you to revive your childhood as a seven year old boy picking cotton in rural Arkanas, USA. I have never picked cotton as a child, but I harvested lavender and that's a pretty hard core manual labour, so perhaps I even felt like I could relate a bit. It mad…

The Nose, a short story by Nikolai Gogol (book review and recommendation)

The Nose is one of those stories everyone has heard about, one way or the other. Not everyone will be able to link it with Gogol, but almost everyone has seen something inspired by it. Many consider The Nose a satirical masterpiece.The story takes places in St. Petersburg and features many of its famous sights. It is placed within a historical context but it can be read and enjoyed even without familiarizing one's self with the time period. Published in 1836 and written while Gogol was living in Saint Petersburg, The Nose tells a story about a officer whose nose leaves him to take on a life of its own. 
Well, that sounds rather peculiar, doesn't it? A man nose running away like that and all that. Who says that classical are boring? Well, if you are a reader, you'll know that they are not, this short story least of all. The idea is certainly very out there but Gogol makes it work. Just the other day, my niece ( who happens to be three), was running around the flat saying h…

Book review and recommendation: Darkside Earther by Bradley Horner

Today I'm back with another book review. Darkside Earther was my first novel by Bradley Horner but I'm pretty sure that it won't be my last. I already reviewed this novel on goodreads. As usual my review here won't be much different from the one posted there, it will just be a bit longer and more detailed. I've actually been following Bradley Horner 's review on goodreads for a while, so when I saw he published a book, I knew I had to get it. This science fiction novel was just my cup of tea. If you're into technology driven science fiction, you're probably going to like it a lot, but more about that shortly. I read Darkside Earther in ebook form, purchased & downloaded it to my computer kindle from Amazon (here), so I wasn't able to take pretty photographs of this book like I usually do for my blog, but I must say I like this cover. I read it pretty quickly. Usually it makes me a while to read ebooks because I try to limit my 'screen time&…

Frida ili o boli, roman Slavenke Drakulić (ogled knjige i preporuka / book review and recommendation)

When I was a kid, I looked up to Frida Kahlo. I felt like we had a lot in common. She had to wear a brace, so did I ( I had and still have scoliosis). She loved to paint, so did I. She knew what it was like to live with chronic pain, so do I. When I grew up, I continued to look up to her. Frida was and still remains a great artist. Even if we had nothing in common, I would still admire Frida, for the sheer power of her art. So, when I learned of this novel by Croatian author Slavenka Drakulich, I knew I had to read it.
How did I feel about this novel? Well, truth be told, I had mixed feelings about it. I absolutely loved the description of living with chronic paint and the hard realities of hospital stays. The feeling of isolation one suffering from a chronic illness feels was captured perfectly. Slavenka showed a great writing talent in that sense. It is not an easy topic to write about, but she tackled it well. Moreover, Frida's childhood and growing up was described eloquently…

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner ( Book review and recommendation of the day)

My book recommendation of the day is Absalom, Absalom, a novel by William Faulkner. Published in 1936, it is considered to be one of the Faulkner'sbest works. Absalom, Absalom! is a family saga that spans three generations and while the focus is on Sutpan's family, the story is really about three families, not one. The story itself starts with Thomas Sutpan, a young man who sets out to make a name for himself. He is determined to rise above his poverty and he has a plan how to do it. The narrative frame is quite complex and it includes different narrators. The time period that the story encompasses is before, during and after civil war.
This novel features some rather complex writing, but don't let that discourage you, as the writing is beautiful and is very much worth the effort. I am of the opinion that nobody writes the stream of consciousness as well as Faulkner does. This can make reading challenging at time, but in the end it is very rewarding to see a wild and chaoti…