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March 3rd at 2pm
On the eve of Angolan independence, Ludo bricks herself into her apartment, where she will remain for the next thirty years. She lives off vegetables and pigeons, burns her furniture and books to stay alive and keeps herself busy by writing her story on the walls of her home.
The outside world slowly seeps into Ludo’s life through snippets on the radio, voices from next door, glimpses of a man fleeing his pursuers and a note attached to a bird’s foot. Until one day she meets Sabalu, a young boy from the street who climbs up to her terrace.
January 27th at 2pm
When he was twelve, Hisham Matar and his family went into political exile. Eight years later Matar's father, a former diplomat and military man turned brave political dissident, was kidnapped from the streets of Cairo by the Libyan government and is believed to have been held in the regime's most notorious prison. Now, the prisons are empty and little hope remains that Jaballa Matar will be found alive. Yet, as the author writes, hope is "persistent and cunning".
This book is a profoundly moving family memoir, a brilliant and affecting portrait of a country and a people on the cusp of immense change, and a disturbing and timeless depiction of the monstrous nature of absolute power.
The year, we are only reading books that have won a literary award:
September 2017: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (National Book Critics Award) 7.5/10
October 2017: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Pullitzer prize 2017 ) 7.21/10
November 2017: Dodgers by Bill Berverly (CWA gorld dagger award 2016)
December 2017: Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro (Nobel Prize in literature)
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