it’s time for yet another book bargain!

This month I’ve had the pleasure of reading Ian McEwan for the first time – and I really do mean pleasure. If, like myself, you didn’t read this book when it was first released in 1998 you simply must hunt it down and read it now. The Book Grocer is stocking it for a lovely $10. Grab a copy ASAP. You’ll thank me for it. Until you do, enjoy the review.

Happy reading xx

Enduring Love, Ian McEwan

What were we running towards? I don’t think any of us would ever know fully. But superficially the answer was, a balloon.

Thus begins McEwans magnetic novel. His tone is careful and his prose observant, in this electric tale of love; obsessive, fleeting, enduring or otherwise. Continue reading

4th of the month book bargain time!

Apologies. Apologies. This month’s book bargain is finally here, albeit three days late. Let me assure you, though, you’ll find it was well worth the wait. You know the drill. Pick it up for 10 schweet dollars (!) at The Book Grocer in Northcote and read yourself into oblivion!

Happy new year & happy reading xx

Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Later she remembered all the hours of the afternoon as happy – one of those uneventful times that seem at the moment only a link between past and future pleasure but turn out to have been the pleasure itself.”

Tender is Fitzgerald’s writing, however, seldom the night in this purportedly autobiographical account of love, lust, marriage and yearning. Continue reading

first of the month book bargain time!

It’s first of the month book bargain time again and this month I’m reviewing Anthony Quinn’s Half of the Human Race. Admittedly I knew nothing about the book or the author when I picked it up but I can honestly say that I was more than pleasantly surprised. It’s no masterpiece but it is well written, entertaining and well worth a read. And yep, you guessed it, you can pick up a copy at The Book Grocer in Northcote for $10! Yayness!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

’til next month… Happy reading xx

Half of the Human Race – Anthony Quinn

Connie is a young woman fighting for her rights to vote freely and be treated equally to men in early 20th century England. Will and Tam are cricketers, at the peak of their professional sporting careers. Somewhere, somehow, all three lives cross and what ensues is sometimes beautiful, other times complicated but always moving and entertaining.

Set among the throes of a dawning era, Quinn’s second novel, Half of the Human Race, is a charming exploration of the stuff of life; those relationships that ground us, the love that sustains us and the feuds that arise in between – be they personal, political or social.

In Quinn’s protagonist Connie, these life values are rendered tangible. A female suffragist, Connie inhabits the grey areas of early 20th century life. Intelligent, independent and fiercely driven, Quinn uses Connie as a critique of the era and its injustices.

Despite being written by a male, the females in this novel are strong – both in voice and characterisation. Not only does Quinn manage to capture the finer differences between the sexes that, quite often are overlooked, but he does so with delicacy and style. As the title of his book suggests, Quinn’s concern in this book is “half of the human race”. However, which half exactly remains an elusive question for readers to answer.

In this novel Quinn solidifies his status as an exceptional writer. As with The Rescue Man, the sincerity with which Quinn observes the workings of early 20th century England is refreshing and compelling. The tone of his prose is convincing and his reflections on history, love and what it means to be free ring with a simplicity that engages and compels.

Quinn’s second novel is a tale for all – despite the claim that its title makes.

it’s that time again!

Hasn’t the first of the month come by so quickly? This month I’m reviewing Charles Bukowski’s Hollywood and, once again, for a short amount of time you lucky ducks can pick it up from The Book Grocer in Northcote for only $10!

Happy reading xx

Hollywood, Charles Bukowski

“… I want to finance your screenplay. I’ve read your work. You’ve got a marvellous sense of dialogue. I’ve read your work: very filmatic.”

The words that every writer wants to hear and what better words to sum up Bukowski’s novel Hollywood? Laden with Bukowski’s indulgent knack for dialogue, every page of his book sounds with a cinematic confidence. Continue reading

it’s time to go shopping!

It’s the first of the month and that means… time to go book shopping! This month’s review is of Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore which means that you can go into The Book Grocer Northcote and pick it up for only $10!

Hope you enjoy the review (and book) xx

Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami

Words without letters.

Standing in the shadows of the door…

The drowning girl’s fingers

Search for the entrance stone …

Outside the window there are soldiers,

Steeling themselves to die …

And so plays out the symphony of Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore. His language beautifully bare; his story, however, labyrinthine in meaning. This novel takes its reader on multiple journeys through time and space, music and philosophy, history and literature. Each page sounds beautifully with Murakami’s wisdom and skill in this tale of love found and lost that spans timeless decades, punctuated by memories alone. Continue reading

hear ye, hear ye…

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Hear ye, hear ye! My friends at The Book Grocer in Northcote and I have put our heads together to bring you guys something a lil spesh every month (thanks Jess!). Once a month I’ll review one of my favourite books from the store and you’ll be able to wander on over (or hop online) and pick it up at a pretty smashing price! Peachy… I know.

This month it’s one from a master of the modern novel: Kafka on the Shore by Murakami. As a rather large Murakami fan (yes, self pronounced), I can’t wait to get my teeth stuck into this one.

Watch this space…