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WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T RUN AWAY FROM YOUR PROBLEMS?
Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can't say yes - it would be too awkward; he can't say no - it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world.
From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face. Less is a novel about mishaps, misunderstandings and the depths of the human heart.
In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.
The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo's last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving and wise.
The year, we are only reading books that have won a literary award:
Grades and reviews to come!
The books' reviews are here!
After yet another year of reading, here's a reminder of the books we loved, hated or felt rather uninterested by.
"A Meal in Winter" (Sep) 4.4
"Their Eyes Were Watching God" (Oct) 6.83
"A Gap of Time" (Nov) 5.57
"Slade House" (Dec) 6.57
"A Clockwork Orange" (Jan) 6.36
"Orlando" (Feb) 7.96
"The Kraken Wakes" (Mar) 6.75
"Bonk" (Apr) 6.55
"Dirt Music" (May) 7.1
"The Glass Room" (Jun) 7.58
"Genghis Khan" (Jul) 5.63
Here you find the books we've read in the year of 2015/2016.
The Poisonwood Bible 8.63
Go With Me 4.40
The Twin 7.20
Cold Cold Ground 2.88
The Golem and the Djinni 7.93
The Quiet American 7.10
The Memoirs of Hadrien 7.25
Below you can find an overview of all the books we read for the year 2014-2015
The Devil in the White City 5.14
World War Z 7.06
Breakfast at Tiffany's 8.11
The Lives of Girls and Women 7.14
The House on Mango Street 5.93
We Have Always Lived in the Castle 8.00
I am Malala 6.33
Three Day Road 7.25
The Bellwether Revivals 6.80