RIP Harper Lee and Umberto Eco

To Kill a MockingbirdThe literature world has lost two giants in the last few days –

Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go set a Watchman passed away on 19 Feb 2016 aged 89.  To Kill a Mockingbird has become a classic of modern American literature. Compassionate, dramatic and deeply moving, the book had a strong impact on social justice for African Americans in fifties and sixties America and still affects people today.

 

 

 

 


The Name of the Rose

Umberto Eco, an Italian novelist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher and semiotician, also passed away on 20 Feb aged 84. His first novel, The Name of the Rose, won him instant recognition and critical acclaim. His vast knowledge and academic credentials made him a very different writer compared to others and his imaginative style and humorous plots are full of historical events but also fun to read.

 

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The husband’s secret – a Book Club review

husbands secretThe husband’s secret by Liane Moriarty

Abstract
The story of a woman who finds a letter from her husband. It says: For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick. To be opened only in the event of my death. Her husband is very much alive. Should she open it? Would YOU open it?

Comments
A very readable book – it includes all the ingredients of a good story; a believable plot, characters that are well developed and writing that pulls the reader in from the first page. The book focuses on strong female characters who had dealt or were dealing with tragedy in their lives. The story lines made us contemplate -what if?
This is the second book we have reviewed by Lianne Moriarty. She writes every day, suburban Australia really well.

Rating – 8/10         Read by – Cultcha Club Book Club

Stella Prize 2016 Longlist

The Women’s Pages (Debra Adelaide, Picador)

The Other Side of the World (Stephanie Bishop, Hachette)

Panthers and the Museum of Fire (Jen Craig, Spineless Wonders)

Six Bedrooms (Tegan Bennett Daylight, Vintage)

Hope Farm (Peggy Frew, Scribe)

A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories (Elizabeth Harrower, Text)

A Guide to Berlin (Gail Jones, Vintage)

The World Without Us (Mireille Juchau, Bloomsbury)

A Short History of Richard Kline (Amanda Lohrey, Black Inc.)

Anchor Point (Alice Robinson, Affirm Press)

The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood, A&U)

Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger (Fiona Wright, Giramondo).

Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro (e-AudioBook)

normal_cx439Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro

Narrated by Brian Bowles, James Goode, Colin Mace, Alesandro Richie and Martin T Sherman

Nocturnes is a thought-provoking short story collection.

In a sublime story cycle, Kazuo Ishiguro explores ideas of love, music and the passing of time. From the piazzas of Italy to the Malvern Hills, a London flat to the ‘hush-hush floor’ of an exclusive Hollywood hotel, the characters we encounter range from young dreamers to cafe musicians to faded stars, all of them at some moment of reckoning.

Gentle, intimate and witty, this quintet is marked by a haunting theme: the struggle to keep alive a sense of life’s romance, even as one gets older, relationships flounder and youthful hopes recede.

“A lovely, clever book about the passage of time and the soaring notes that makes its journey worthwhile.” INDEPENDENT

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