Back to the books

Hello, it’s been too long since I posted anything. I’m looking forward to getting this blog up and running again. Now I’ve finished my exams I’ll have time to read and write again. Yesterday I went to Bath and sat in Henrietta Park with a new book. I’ve got a couple of new books and I thought I’d share them with you.

Foreign Bodies, Cynthia Ozick.

Foreign Bodies tells the story of Bea, a lonely teacher who is still haunted by the memory of her ex-husband Leo. Although Leo has moved on, Bea is still stuck in the same job and the same flat. Her brother Marvin, a successful businessman despises her for this. But when his eldest son leaves America for Paris he is determined to bring him back. He enlists Bea’s help and hopes to send her as an intermediary. The story, which is a twist on The Ambassadors by Henry James, is told from the viewpoint of different family members. Although crucially we never hear from Julian, the missing son.

The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje.

My dad gave me this to read, there are always plenty of books floating round the house. It’s set in Italy just after the end of the Second World War. It starts with Hana, a young nurse, who has stayed behind to look after her remaining patient. He claims to be English and is badly burned after a plane crash in the desert. As he recovers Hana discovers his story. It’s been made into a film as well, which I might have a search for if I like the book.

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern.

This is Morgenstern’s debut novel and it’s a bit mysterious. The circus, which arrives without warning, is the plaything of two magicians named Prospero and Alexander. They have both picked a protégé, Celia and Marco, and they use their performances in the circus to compete with one another. The book is aimed at adults, although some critics complain it slips into teenage fantasy at times. I’ll have a read and decide for myself. Morgenstern also has her own blog, which is worth a read.

 White Teeth, Zadie Smith. 

Zadie Smith is one of my favourite authors but it’s been a while since I’ve read anything of hers. So I’ve decided to read White Teeth again. It’s the story of two friends, Samad Iqbal and Archie Jones, whose stories intertwine throughout the book. It’s an exploration of race, identity and multiculturalism. I’d also recommend On Beauty and The Autograph Man.


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