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Book Review and Recommendations: Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck

Pavilion of Women was my first book by Pearl S. Buck, but I have a feeling that it is not going to be my last. I must admit that I wasn't familiar with Pearl S. Buck. If this book is anything to judge by, I've been missing out. Having read this novel, I'm convinced that Pear S. Buck is an author that deserves more attention. Pavilion of Women was a joy to read! Perhaps it had something to do with timing,  but more than anything I feel like this is such a profound novel. Still, it amazed me how sometimes books do have such great timing. This was certainly the case with Pavilion of Women. This book has touched me so deeply, that I cannot help feeling a strike of destiny in the way it came into my hands. I started reading it, blissfully unaware of both the plot and what it might be like. Pavilion of Women has proven to be such a beautiful reading surprise. I must have read it in one breath, or at least, that is what reading it felt like. Once I started it, I just couldn'…

Book review, Buzz by Anders de la Motte

Today I'll be reviewing another book I have mixed feelings about. It is primarily the question of whether I'm reading too much into this book. Is it really a social satire or is it something I want it to be? Does it has a deeper message or am I reading too much into it? I just can't tell or sure. Perhaps I need to read more from this author to be able to tell. This was my first novel by Anders de la Motte. I bought the book in Croatian translation ages ago, but it took me this long to pick it up? Why? Because the writing didn't look exactly inviting. I'll explain what I mean in this review. 

When it comes to book as such, I have to say that I'm not that impressed.  In my introduction, I mentioned that I'm not sure whether this book really is social satire or not. I wanted it to be, because the subject of Buzz's social satire is quite important. Buzz is a novel that questions the  consequences of our 'digital lives'. As I explained, there is only…

Book review: Dandy a novel by Jan Guillou

Today I'll be reviewing a book I have mixed feelings about but in a way that makes reviewing even more fun. At times, it is good to feel torn about something, to keep beating one's head over some questions. I like to believe that the purpose of books is, among other things, to make us think. In that sense, Dandy is a successful novel, for it sure made me think! Whenever I found a book I like, but there are some some things I dislike about it,  I start to question my criticism. Is it valid or not? Nevertheless, the point of book reviews is to present our opinion of the book and that's what I'll do today. So, what kind of a novel is Dandy? It is a family saga of sorts, a historical novel that is also a second book in the series.




Published in 2012, Dandy is a novel that starts with the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde, an event that marked an end of an era. Dandy was my first novel by Jan Guillou. I previously haven't even heard of this French- Swedish author, so I didn'…

Book Review: Death at la Fenice by Donna Leon

Don't judge a book by its cover they say. Never have I found it more true than in the case of this book. The cover is beautiful, the novel is anything b. Death at La Fenice was my first novel by Donna Leon and I have a feeling it's going to be my last. Why you might wonder? Well, for start I didn't like the novel as such. Moreover, it annoyed me because I found it offensive and xenophobic. How come a book like this not only got published but became popular? I'm bewildered....

...and there is a little voice saying to me: If you didn't know, you don't have to know how to write to publish a book. All you need to do is good marketing. All you need  to do is to pick a popular location, let's say Venice, populate it with one dimensional characters, every imaginable stereotype about Italy and the world, sentences that couldn't be called writing even if one was trying to be exceptionally kind- and there you go. Don't forget to randomly insert a bunch of Ital…