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The Defector, a novel by Daniel Silva (book review)

I'm perplexed by the popularity of this novel. I just don't get it. I honestly can't believe this novel has had so many five star reviews on goodreads. I find it worrying to be frank. If this is a good book, please tell me what is a bad book? If Silva writes well, what it is to write badly? Perhaps I shouldn’t judge him on basis of one novel, but I’m writing a review on this book. I don’t get why it is a popular novel. Because to me this is a wonderful example of bad and sloppy writing. I mean as a trivial literature it might just do- if only it wasn't so hopelessly overdone. If only it wasn’t so filled with racial hate. If only it didn’t feature such a stereotypical protagonist. If only it wasn’t a thriller completely devoid of suspense. No, even as trivial literature it is a disaster. To make it any good, you would have to rewrite it. It’s a bad novel period. There are so many little details that I found annoying. Would be too much if I say most of them were pretty l…

Amos Oz, Suddenly in the Depths of Forest (book review and recommendation)

It is no secret that I'm a fan of Amos Oz, so when I picked up this fairy tale, I expected that I would like it. However, I didn't expect that I will love it. I fell in love with this story. As simple as that. Amos Oz is a genius. He managed to create such an amazing fairy tale. It is a masterpiece really. One of the most beautiful fairy tales that I have ever read and I have read quite a few. 
One of those rare achievements, a profound work of literature that is accessible to both children and adults. 

Like in some classic fairy tale, its protagonists are two brave children, a boy and a girl. They live in a village from which all the animals have disappeared. Adults refuse to talk about this event, but they can’t help to recall it at times. Only two adults, an old man and a spinster school teacher still talk about animals. If other adults won’t admit that there were animals among them, if they don’t approve children learning or inquiring about them, they cannot completely hide …

Iris Murdoch, The Sandcastle (book review and recommendation)

Years ago I saw a film about Iris Murdoch's life. It was actually a very decent 2001 biographical drama film, starring Kate Winslet as young Iris and Judi Dench. The focus of the film was on Iris' marriage and relationship to John Bayley. This novel is dedicated to John Bayley, but that is about where the similarity ends. Theirs was a long and interesting marriage, so it is hard to avoid drawing parallels with her work especially since so many of her novels focus on married life. I will attempt it nevertheless. I'm curious about their marriage, but fiction is fiction and Iris is good at that. No need to turn her writing into a metaphor for her married life. She might have drew from her experiences a bit, but all writers to that.
I didn't really think about this movie while I was reading this novel. If anything, I thought of The Sacred And The Profane Love Machine. I kept drawing parallels in my mind between the two. For example, the wife in both of these novels is ta…