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Maurice Swift is handsome, charming, and hungry for success. The one thing he doesn't have is talent - but he's not about to let a detail like that stand in his way. After all, a would-be writer can find stories anywhere. They don't need to be his own.
Working as a waiter in a West Berlin hotel in 1988, Maurice engineers the perfect opportunity: a chance encounter with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann. He quickly ingratiates himself with the powerful - but desperately lonely - older man, teasing out of Erich a terrible, long-held secret about his activities during the war. Perfect material for Maurice's first novel.
Once Maurice has had a taste of literary fame, he knows he can stop at nothing in pursuit of that high. Moving from the Amalfi Coast, where he matches wits with Gore Vidal, to Manhattan and London, Maurice hones his talent for deceit and manipulation, preying on the talented and vulnerable in his cold-blooded climb to the top. But the higher he climbs, the further he has to fall...
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