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  1. Lifestyle - Books - FICTION

    Book review: The Empress Lover, by Linda Jaivin

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 12:17pm by Sue Green

    ... around the world. So it is apposite that in this latest novel by a US-born Australian writer closely connected with China for almost four decades, those events have a central role. This is the seventh novel by Linda Jaivin, onetime journalist, now a short story and playwright, non-fiction author and essayist, including essays on China. Her work ranges from bestselling erotica ...

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    Book review: Look Who's Back, by Timur Vermes

    Posted May 18th 2014, 03:45pm by DAVID BARTRAM

    ... Timur Vermes' satire of modern German society has been translated into English after gaining huge success in his homeland, where the novel has sold more than one million copies. Of course, the obvious question is whether Hitler is appropriate fodder for a comic novel. Vermes' Hitler isn't a particularly dislikeable figure, and the reader is directed to almost pity him. His ...

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    Book review: The Separation, by Dinah Jefferies

    Posted May 25th 2014, 03:42pm by Tessa Chan

    ... and evasively assures her that their mother will be joining them "later". Set during the Malayan Emergency in the 1950s, Dinah Jefferies' debut novel swings between Emma and her mother ...

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    Book review: An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 04:21pm by MCT

    ... Hector Tobar An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine Grove Press 4 stars Hector Tobar Rabih Alameddine's beautiful new novel is ostensibly about an elderly woman living alone in her ... in literature is so wonderfully varied, and Alameddine writes with such lucid and swift-moving prose, that his novel never loses momentum, even though Aaliya is a passive protagonist. An Unnecessary ...

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    Book review: Children of Paradise, by Fred D'Aguiar

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 03:52pm by MCT

    ... Amy Driscoll Children of Paradise by Fred D'Aguiar HarperCollins 4 stars Amy Driscoll Through the eyes of a young girl and her mother plotting to escape, the story of the Jonestown massacre of 1978 takes on new dimensions in a surprising novel that contrasts a dreamlike style with the terrifying paranoia of the Guyana jungle compound where 909 Americans died ...

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    Book review: Bellman & Black, by Diane Setterfield

    Posted Dec 29th 2013, 04:56pm by Nick Walker

    ... Nick Walker Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield Bond Street Books 3 stars Nick Walker Diane Setterfield's debut novel, 2006's The Thirteenth Tale, was a gothic masterpiece ... novel, it's no supernova. But it is a dark star and generally meets expectations, although it lacks the twists and turns and brilliant narrative trickery of The Thirteenth Tale. Thankfully ...

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    Book review: The Light and the Dark, by Mikhail Shishkin

    Posted Dec 01st 2013, 04:51pm by GDN

    ... pain and happiness, war and peace. His British publishers have called his latest novel The Light and the Dark. The Russian title, Pismovnik, means something like "Letter-book". The novel comprises a series of letters between a man and a woman: the man, Vovka, is fighting a distant, brutal war; the woman, Sasha, writes from the home front. Her engaging tales of childhood, ...

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    Book review: Death of the Black-Haired Girl, by Robert Stone

    Posted Jan 19th 2014, 03:47pm by NYT

    ... Michiko Kakutani Death of the Black-Haired Girl by Robert Stone Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 4 stars Michiko Kakutani Robert Stone's fast-paced new novel does not take place in the hot, volatile places where many of his earlier characters seek adventure, oblivion or redemption. But what it does have in common with the rest of Stone's work is a fascination with the existential ...

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    Book review: The Purity of Vengeance, by Jussi Adler-Olsen

    Posted Jan 05th 2014, 04:14pm by Guy Haydon

    ... to the stunning finale. Adler-Olsen's four, equally good standalone novels can certainly be enjoyed out of sequence, so fear not. But the experience will be all the richer if you read them in order. ...

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    Book review: Chasing the King of Hearts, by Hanna Krall

    Posted Nov 17th 2013, 03:50pm by GDN

    ... the king of hearts (her husband), the six of hearts (a trip), and the three of spades (news). See, what are you worried about? asks the friend. Like all questions in this novel- "Does this bag ... a love story and a Holocaust novel. Its deep and intimate inquiry is the mystery of personality- it is spiritual survival in a faithless universe. The urgent question we are left with is this: ...




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