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April 7, 2010

March books

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chantal @ 12:28 pm

The Cat Who Turned On and Off (Cat Who..., #3)20. The Cat Who Turned On and Off by Lilian Jackson BraunMy rating: 3 of 5 stars
A solid 3 stars. This is a good, solid plot for a cozy mystery. Qwill is smart and funny. The antique/junk plot is interesting and the villain is not telegraph as much. The fauna of characters is fun and not paper thin. We meet Iris Cobbs for the first time. Love her. So yeah, 3 solid stars.

Everything Is Illuminated21. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Probably the most amazing book about memory and family, I’ve read yet. It wasn’t an easy read for me, Alex’s letters and narrative were like reading “joual” for me. To read it I have to hear it. It’s good that I watched the movie, (the story is different in both movie and book, both good but different) a few years ago. I was able to hear and read Alex’s tales.

Some of the descriptions are violently graphic. There’s an underlining violence all through the book, some you expect it’s a story about WW2 but the violence in the present (Alex’s family) and in the past (Jonathan’s family) were as difficult to read about as the acts of German soldiers.

Happy I read it but I don’t think I’ll read it again. I don’t need to, the images it created will stay in my memory for a long time.

Odyssée, Tome 1 : La malédiction des Pierres Noires22. Odyssée, Tome 1 : La malédiction des Pierres Noires by Michel Honaker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First book of 4 of the retelling of Odysseus’ tale from the fall of Troy to his return home. Michel Honaker’s style makes the story accessible in a modern language and keeps the essence of the tale. I’m going to keep on reading. Book 1 focuses on Odysseus’ brilliant Trojan Horse, the fall of Troy, Cassandra’s bad omen, how young men want to replace Odysseus as King of Ithaca and in Penelope’s bed and Telemaque going on his quest to find his father. Good stuff.

L'étoile rouge et le poète23. L’étoile rouge et le poète by Alicia Dujovne Ortiz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A very soft 3 stars. This is the tale of Africa de las Heras aka Maria Luisa aka war hero, spy extraordinaire of the USSR. This extraordinary woman really existed. From the Spanish Civil War all through WW2, the Cold War she stood tall and did her duty.

Alicia Dujovne Ortiz wrote a fictional account of this amazing woman life and it’s using fiction that didn’t sit well with me, it kinda cheapens the life of Africa. You don’t believe she’s actually real. I had to check to be sure. That kinda tells me the writer didn’t do a really good job of making me believe she was. I’m hoping to one day read a biography of Africa de las Heras, woman, revolutionary, assassin, actress, colonel, all around master spy.

The Cat Who Saw Red (Cat Who..., #4)24. The Cat Who Saw Red by Lilian Jackson Braun

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
That novel restarted the series. Published in 1986, it’s rekindled the interest in the “éponyme” series “The Cat Who…”

Not as good as number 3 in the series. The set up is predictable, the villain is made of cart board. Some really hicky body image values there that made me cringe. Qwill is now a food critic and needs to lose weight. Yeah, that bad. We meet Hixie for the first time, she will come back along with her zaniness. She’s much better in later books.

So barely 2 stars.

Le chanteur de Tango25. Le chanteur de Tango by Tomás Eloy Martínez

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Quite enjoyable. Really interesting, literary (Borges), mysterious (the narrator is on a quest to find and listen to a mysterious, legendary tango singer as great as Carlos Gardel) and with (bonus for me) an emphasis on Buenos Aires’ architecture. The young man, writing his thesis on tango and Borges travels to Argentina to find inspiration, write in the all night numerous cafés and dream of the many, many faces of the city.

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