Review: THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood

Reading this reminded me strongly of the brilliant 1984, except this is told from a woman’s point of view, in a world that is set in the near future. Disturbing at times, this is thought-provoking and an excellent read.

Book title: The Handmaid’s Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Genre: Satire

Publisher: Anchor

Book length: 311 pages

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Review: THESE THINGS HIDDEN by Heather Gudenkauf

This was a great suspense. From the book cover art (the hazy reflection in the puddle of water which could be female or male, child or adult) to the way that the “horrible crime” was slowly revealed in all its truth, These Things Hidden was an engrossing read.

Book title: These Things Hidden

Author: Heather Gudenkauf

Genre: Suspense

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Book length: 345 pages

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Apologies

Apologies for being away: health problems.

Back and good as new (almost). I’ll resume my regular book reviews soon. Thank you!

 

CAT’S CRADLE by Kurt Vonnegut

I love satire. Vonnegut is possibly the best author who combines satirical commentary on humanity with his unique blend of humor and a fantastically absurd fantasy world. Some moments were laugh out loud in a terrifying sense, and makes you wonder how you’ve ever lived as a human being so naively before. A great read.

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TRIGGER WARNING by Neil Gaiman

A new book by Neil Gaiman: his unique blend of fantasy, magic, humor and wisdom. Gaiman did not disappoint. This collection of short stories would keep fans glued to their seats long after the last page has been read. My sympathies if you find it difficult to re-adjust to the real world.

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FUNNY GIRL by Nick Hornby

I had been warned that this was a laugh-out-loud book so I mustn’t read it during commute. What I had not been warned about was that every single character in this novel was likeable, even the ridiculously narcissistic “love interest” of our heroine. This is a well-deserving bestseller. Funny Girl is much, much more than funny.

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Quotes on Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate, let’s ponder the words of wiser men on the difficult topic of love.

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“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.” – Thomas Merton

“If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.” – Maya Angelou

“When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out.” –¬†Elizabeth Bowen

“We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.” – Walter Mosley

“Let our scars fall in love.” – Galway Kinnell

“It is a wonderful seasoning of all enjoyments to think of those we love.” – Moliere

“Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.” – Derek Walcott

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” – Stephen Hawking

 

THE UNSPEAKABLE by Meghan Daum

Whether you have read her debut collection of essays, My Misspent Youth or not, you will be awed by the powerful observations this writer display in these essays. Some are humorous, insightful and even cruel at times, but always, honest. Whether you belong to my generation or not, I am sure you will enjoy this read: The Unspeakable and Other Subjects of Discussions.

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