Review: A Horse Walks Into A Bar, by David Grossman

Synopsis: The setting is a comedy club in a small Israeli town. An audience that has come expecting an evening of amusement instead sees a comedian coming apart on stage, an act of disintegration, a man crumbling, as a matter of choice, before their eyes. They could get up and leave, or boo and whistle … Continue reading Review: A Horse Walks Into A Bar, by David Grossman

Review: If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things

Synopsis: On a street in a town in the North of England, ordinary people are going through the motions of their everyday existence. A young man is in love with a neighbour who does not even know his name. An old couple make their way up to the nearby bus stop. But then a terrible … Continue reading Review: If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things

Review: Wild Swans – The Daughters of China, by Jung Chang

Synopsis: Through the story of three generations of women - grandmother, mother and daughter - Wild Swans tells nothing less than the whole tumultuous history of China's tragic twentieth century, from sword-bearing warlords to Chairman Mao, from the Manchu Empire to the Cultural Revolution. At times terrifying, at times astonishing, always deeply moving, Wild Swans … Continue reading Review: Wild Swans – The Daughters of China, by Jung Chang

Review: Stoner – by John Williams

Synopsis: William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely. Title: Stoner … Continue reading Review: Stoner – by John Williams

Review: The Color Purple – by Alice Walker

Synopsis: Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to “Mister,” a brutal man … Continue reading Review: The Color Purple – by Alice Walker

Review: Fahrenheit 451 – by Ray Bradbury

Synopsis: Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, … Continue reading Review: Fahrenheit 451 – by Ray Bradbury

Looking for Alaska – by John Green

Synopsis: BEFORE. Miles Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event until he starts at anything-but-boring Culver Creek Boarding School and meets Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, screwed up and utterly fascinating she pulls Miles into her world, launches him into a new life, and steals his heart. But when tragedy strikes, and Miles … Continue reading Looking for Alaska – by John Green

Sense of an Ending – by Julian Barnes

Synopsis: Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is … Continue reading Sense of an Ending – by Julian Barnes