Archive for December, 2008

the curious incident of the dog in the night-time, a novel by mark haddon
December 29, 2008

Autism is misunderstood. From childhood to adulthood autistic people see the world through a different lens alien to most of us. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time is told from a lost child’s view, trying to absorb the world of confused adults, noise and patterns; while his brain processes far too quickly.
Mark [...]

Turning Tables, Heather & Rose MacDowell
December 23, 2008

Turning Tables is quick, fast, and entertaining. The book describes the hidden world of service behind five star restaurants:  Le Cirque, Le Bernadine, Per Se, or the latest haute cuisine zone of indulgence. The forced smile and chef abuse is universal and captured wonderfully and with compassion by both Heather & Rose, who both have no doubt [...]

The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
December 22, 2008

The History of Love has a great title, that’s about it.  I ended up skimming the end of the book and yawned. The first 100 pages were exciting, they drew me in, captivated by some moments and the words of the author. The rest, was a slow steady fall down a steep hill into the [...]

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling
December 21, 2008

J.K. Rowling expands on the world of Harry Potter with tales I someday hope to tell my children at bedtime. This is a small yet powerful book, fables have long been part of our culture. Rowling, now joins the ranks of Beatrix Potter. She states that witches are more proactive then muggles, I’d agree. Escaping into [...]

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Suskind
December 20, 2008

I have just finished reading a masterpiece, or very close to one, I’m still bathing in the gloriously mischievous ending as I write this.  It’s also a movie btw.
Perfume is the story of a murder most sadistic and magnificent.  At times I felt like I was watching Six Feet Under. At other moments I was [...]

Young Man from the Provinces, Alan Helms
December 20, 2008

Alan Helms, Young Man from the Provinces, is the first gay morality tale I’ve ever read. Discovering myself in the pages, eloquently moved by the author, who describes his sometimes misspent youth and rise as a “golden boyman”, someone adored by his looks.  Alan Helms is the main character in this novel, chronicling gay society [...]

Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sederis
December 19, 2008

David Sedaris has mastered his voice and style (some say this is his best book). When I finished reading Me Talk Pretty One Day I found myself wanting a novel from this author. I enjoyed this compilation of short stories and essays. He brings to life his characters. His voice resounds off the page; his [...]

Barrel Fever, David Sedaris
December 17, 2008

I imported this book review from my old blog, Barrel Fever is the first book by David Sedaris. When reading the first stories, I quickly find myself not caring about the characters and their fantasies; then the compilation opens up. The stories are sexually gratuitous (not in a good way) and repetitive – at first. [...]