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Looking for a different kind of books to read

Updated on December 31, 2016

Look at these unique books

I love reading, a true bookworm with books still waiting to be read. There are books that stimulate ones imagination, then some bore me to death. Few books I should not even bother with, but as I am a curious nature, I must read it. Here are the list of books I thought I will enjoy, but it was a disappointment. All books had good reviews, perhaps the writings just didn't interest me.

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The Blind Owl, by Sadeq Hedayat

My review:

In spite of gorgeous weather, sunny, blue sky and hot. Bird singing, the sound of mower coming from the neighbor. This book did not cheer me at all. Despair, hopelessness, with fascination on death and dying is just too much. The narrator's mental health got worse by the minute. No escape whatsoever. Spiralling to a bottomless hole. Sadeq writings is so similar to Edgar A. Poe. dreary, dark, dismal overall gloomy. To be honest I did not truly enjoy this book. Too morbid for my taste. Even though the content of the book has a lot to do with despair, it is a unique writing. If you like reading Edger A. Poe, this book will interest you.

Book description:

The Iranian writer Sadeq Hedayat is the most influential figure in twentieth century Persian fiction and the object of a kind of cult after his suicide in 1951. His masterpiece The Blind Owl is sthe most important novel of modern Iran. A work of advocacy for a disturbing and powerful piece of fiction, his comprehensive analysis reveals the signifcance of The Blind Owl as a milestone not only for Persian writing but also for world literature.

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Island Songs, by Alex Wheatle

My review:

This is the life story of two sisters coming from rural Jamaica. It is an epic novel, with love, sex and a lot of told and untold stories. The dialoques, written in that strange but also marvellous Jamaican patois are a real treat! In spite of the dialect, it was an enjoyable read and a fascinating book.

Book description:

She wondered what kind of wrold she had brought her two daughters into the tedious cycle of rural Jamaican life. No chance for them to set off upon adventures and see the outside world. But sisters Jenny and Hortense Rodney, descendents of the fierce Maroon people,do get to see the world, and Island Songs is their story.

Bookish Quote

From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it.

~Groucho Marx~

An Italian Affair by, Laura Fraser

My review:

I don't know what to make of this travel memoir. It was enjoyable read on all the places she went. Meeting all those interesting people, which of course she had no difficulty. the problem I have with her is the off and on affair with a married man. I thought she was unsure, undecided about her own life. But the places she went , I sure wish, I could just board a plane heading some where on a whim just like her. Overall just an average memoir.

Book description:

When laura Fraser's husband leaves her for his high school sweetheart, she takes off, on impulse, for Italy, hoping to leave some of her sadness behind. there, on the island of Ischia, she meets M, an aesthetics professor from Paris with an oversized love of life. What they both assume will be a casual vaction tryst turns into a passionate, transatlantic love affair, as they rendezvous in London, Marrakech, Milan, the Aeolin Islands, and San Francisco. Each encounter is a delirious immersion into the place (sumptuous food and wine, dazzling scenery, lush gardens, and vibrant streetscapes) and into each other, and with each experience, Laura brings home not only a lasting sense of pleasure, but a more fully recovered sense of her emotional self.

EATING CHINESE FOOD NAKED : A NOVEL, by Mei Ng

My review:

It was difficult for me to follow the story. I know myself not wanting to quit too soon, however, this writer just did not warm up to me. Perhaps other readers might find this book interesting.

Book description:

This novel is about exploring a complex relationship between a mother and daughter, and the daughter's reluctant homecoming to a family she couldn't wait to leave. Her parents operate a laundry business in Queens. She is now back at home after graduating from Columbia University. She must confront the family and emotions she has tried to escape. Especially her deep, protective love for her mother. A no nonsense woman estranged from Ruby's bossy, cigar smoking father.

Bookish Quote

Reading is important read between the lines.

Don't swallow everything.

~Gwendolyn Brooks~

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