26 Jul 2010

TWO TO READ?

Any books caught your eye recently? These two certainly caught my attention.

Read LIFE OF PI by YAAN MARTEL? Then you might be interested in his second offering - BEATRICE AND VIRGIL.
A fable about the Holocaust featuring a talking donkey and monkey. "Just about every element in that description, from fable to monkey, is likely to offend someone" states James Lasdun reporting in the Guardian. I couldn't agree more, I'm sure that this is going to be one of those books that you either love or loathe. (READ ARTICLE IN FULL)

Translated into English for the first time, this classic story of Nazi resistance is a surprise bestseller here in the UK.
Written more than 60 years ago, Hans Fallada's ALONE IN BERLIN "has become not only Penguin's best-selling classic but it has reached the official UK Top 50 for all UK publishers, a rare achievement."
Inspired by the real life heroics of working class couple OTTO & ELSIE HAMPEL, the novel, written in 1947, is all about an ordinary Berlin couple "who in a small way stage a protest against the Nazis after their only son is killed in action in 1940, by denouncing Hitler in postcards which they leave across the city." - Dalya Alberge, reporting for The Observer. (READ ARTICLE IN FULL)

15 comments:

BookQuoter said...

Interesting post. I did get hate comments for Beatrice and Virgil.

Alone in Berlin sounds like it might be a good read!! Hope you get to review it.
Thanks!!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Thanks for providing us always great reads.

I find it wise to use word verification.

Hope you're having an awesome day!

A bunch of hugs, Always.

B xx

Vivienne said...

I shall try and remember the Yann Martell one, when I eventually read Life of Pi. I really need to push it up my list.

Boonsong said...

Thanks for the reviews.

All the best, Boonsong

Dorte H said...

I might consider Hans Fallada´s novel. I have heard good things about it.

Arti said...

Nice reviews... Alone in Berlin seems to be a good read!! Have a nice day:)

chitra said...

Here to say Hi. Take care.

Oddyoddyo13 said...

The second one sounds very interesting! Can't wait to see what you think of them. :)

Nikki-ann said...

I've got Alone In Berlin. I did start reading it, but only got a few chapters in. I'm going to pick it up again soon, because it sounds like a great story, I just need to get into it.

Trac~ said...

Looking forward to your reviews. The Alone in Berlin sounds like a very interesting read and one my husband, who is a HUGE History fanatic, would probably really enjoy. Big hugs my friend! Hope you had a great day! xoxoxo

Traci said...

OOOOH! Both good choices but I am especially interested in hearing about "Alone in Berlin". What an amazing story that sounds to be! Can't wait to hear your thoughts!
:-)

Kelly said...

Sounds like an interesting duo. So you haven't read either of them yet? Curious as to what you think of them. Especially that first. It sounds bizarre!

Jen said...

Alone in Berlin sounds like something I would read. Can't wait for the review.

Alyce said...

I loved Life of Pi, but couldn't stand Beatrice and Virgil. Alone in Berlin looks excellent though.

Alison said...

I haven't read Life In Pi yet but I'd like to. I've heard good and bad things about Martel's new book. But I heard a fabulous interview with him on the radio that made me want to read his books.