Tag Archives: Historical

Thoughts: The Mirror and the Light, by Hilary Mantel

Oh man, this one is going to be disappointing in terms of analysis and detail. What can I say? I’ve been waiting years for it, and it came. It was what I was hoping for. I only had to haul … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The French Lieutenant’s Woman, by John Fowles

I mean I’m going to open with this: if you want to read the thoughts of people much more interesting and intelligent than me, read the (wonderful) Guardian reading group’s posts on it, and the comments. My thoughts are not … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko is in a genre of book that I tend not to gravitate towards but pretty much always enjoy when it finds its way into my hands – long, sprawling family saga. I don’t know why exactly I don’t seek … Continue reading

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Bookthoughts: Die Entdeckung der Currywurst – Uwe Timm

Okay, it’s been A WHILE, and I’ve read SEVERAL BOOKS, but now it’s time to try to catch up. I was focused on writing at the end of last year, and this year I’ve been trying to submit things because … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

You know how sometimes the outside world seems to conspire to create these sort of teachable moments aimed solely at you? Where outside events are suddenly relevant to something private you’re doing or learning? Well, while I was reading The … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Hild, by Nicola Griffith

After the high-speed frolic of Golden Hill, the syrupy slowness of Call Me By Your Name and the spare elegance of Lady Into Fox, Hild was a thick, soft blanket, and I sank gratefully into it. Another impulse book, because … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Golden Hill, by Francis Spufford

Oh, this was fun. I put this on my list purely on the basis of a Guardian review of it, and it delivered in spades. This is going to be a hard one to review because it was just so … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco, translated by William Weaver

Monks, murders, mysteries, manuscripts. How can you go wrong, really? Not really spoilery, but if you want to read it, then you should just go and read it now.

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Thoughts: Basti, by Intizar Husain, translated by Frances W. Pritchett

Oh man. I’m warning you now that this is going to be a big rant about translation, but I promise I will get some thoughts on the book in there as well.

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Thoughts: Le Roi des Aulnes, by Michel Tournier

This one almost beat me, in several ways. Firstly, it’s in French. Secondly, it’s long. Thirdly, it’s full of abstract thoughts and made up concepts. Fourthly, it’s intensely weird. Disclaimer: I know for a fact I missed a lot and … Continue reading

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