The Book List #30

The Book List #30

The Dinner by Herman Koch
year: 2009 | pages: 304 | rating: 4/5

A pretty awesome read considering I picked it on a whim from a charity shop bookshelf. The Dinner sees a family - two brothers and their wives - meeting over dinner to discuss a delicate and dark situation brewing between their sons. The story unravels at a steady, suspenseful pace, making you want to race through the pages to reveal the darkness at its centre.

Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
year: 1956 | pages: 150 | rating: 5/5

James Baldwin's beautiful story about love, passion, and desire will haunt you; the final pages of Giovanni's Room broke my heart. This is the most convincing story of true love and heartbreak I have ever read. David - an American living in Paris while his girlfriend travels Europe - meets Giovanni in a bar, and so begins their doomed love affair.

The Book List #30

Pastoralia by George Saunder
year: 2000 | pages: 188 | rating: 2/5

Short stories are hard to get right; I rarely find these sorts of collections to be anything exceptional and unfortunately Pastoralia didn't impress me. I found all the stories to be awkward and uninteresting. None of the characters stood out as anything exceptional and Saunder's writing style was a little too dry for my liking.

Holes by Louis Sachar
year: 1998 | pages: 233 | rating: 3/5

I feel the same way about this book as I feel about the film adaptation: I don't get it. Holes is about Stanley and his eventual escape from Camp Green Lake, a juvenile facility in the middle of a desert. Stanley's family history and the story of Kissin' Kate Barlow is revealed slowly throughout the book, showing the reader how the two stories intertwine. I just.. wasn't that into the story; Holes is a short, enjoyable read but when I reached the final pages, it didn't get much of a reaction from me, I'm sorry to say.

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