I’m back with five more mini reviews of books that I read recently. As I’m writing this post I am all caught up with the last couple of books that I had read but hadn’t talked about yet.
Short Story/ Rating: 3/5
Kew Gardens is a short story set in Kew Gardens and looks at some interactions between patrons as well as the journey of a snail.
This was required reading for my English class as we were looking at modernist short fiction. I thought it was interesting, but it only made sense once we’d discussed it. The writing style was pleasant and the imagery was well done. Also the use of the snail was interesting.
Short Story/ Rating: 3/5
The Little Governess is a fairy-tale type story, think Little Red Riding Hood, about a governess who goes on a train to get to a new job.
This was also required reading for the modernist short fiction topic. I enjoyed the fairy-tale elements and the way you could see parallels to Little Red Riding Hood, especially in the fact that people were not always what they seem and the symbolism of clothing. The story perfectly achieved an atmospheric sense of foreboding throughout, my teacher said this was because of ‘free indirect discourse’ which apparently was a popular technique of time. Either way it was a good story. I also enjoyed the open endedness of the ending.
Nonfiction/ Rating: 4/5
The Diary of a Bookseller is basically what the title says, it chronicles one year in the life of bookseller Shaun Bythell.
This book was fun, the writing style was pleasant, and the entries were filled with a cast of colourful characters. The humour though sometimes on the nose was pretty good overall, I laughed a few times. Overall this book was enjoyable and provided a bit of escapism, though I didn’t find it informative, but that’s not really the point of it anyway.
Novel/ Rating: 2.5/5
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is about a man reflecting on strange events that happened when he was a child.
I wrote a full review for The Ocean at the End of the Lane which you can read here.
Novel/ Rating: 3/5
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is a story about a girl as she grows up (I’m not really sure how else to describe this one)
This was the novel we were assigned for English for our topic on narrative. I’d read it before, last year some time and I thought it was just okay, I didn’t really understand the hype about it. Now re-reading as a reader I did like it better I think re-reading has allowed me to appreciate it more. But as a writer I think it is brilliant, the way it plays with form and incorporate multiple different narrative types is epic.
All the best,