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book reviews: books read in february

I've been bad this month. Just 3 books... I have been busy with all that was required of me for the purchase of the condo and now Eric is back and we're so incredibly busy... But it's not an excuse. Not even the fact that one of the books I read was pretty bad and another one was extremely heavy... I didn't know I was buying a book about the holocaust and I could not bring myself to read more than a few pages a day because I was getting so sad...

So this is what I read on February:

- books read: 3 (tot 9)
- pages read: 1188 (tot 3325)
- average page per day: ~42 (~55)

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Title: Great House
Author: Nicole Krauss
Genre: Fiction / Short Stories
Stars: ☆☆

Plot: A powerful, soaring novel about a stolen desk that contains the secrets, and becomes the obsession, of the lives it passes through. For twenty-five years, a solitary American novelist has been writing at the desk she inherited from a young poet who disappeared at the hands of Pinochet's secret police; one day a girl claiming to be his daughter arrives to take it away, sending her life reeling. Across the ocean in London, a man discovers a terrifying secret about his wife of almost fifty years. In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer is slowly reassembling his father's Budapest study, plundered by the Nazis in 1944.

Review: Nicole Krauss is one of my favorite authors. the History of Love - to me - is a masterpiece.... one of the greatest books I've ever read... I also loved Man Walks into a Room, so believe me when I said I really wanted to like this book... but I couldn't...
It wasn't the story, it was the way it was written. There were 4 different narrators and they all spoke in the same way... extremely long periods jumping from a point in time to another, talking about someone else...
Also, the extremely long chapters (8 in almost 300 pages) and the lack of paragraphs, no quotations for the dialogue parts also made it more difficult to read.
It made me angry because I love this author so much... I wanted to give it 1 star but I can't do it because of the other books she wrote that I hold dear!
The characters were also unlikable. The writer who's too self absorbed, the father who's insecure and full of anger (and plain ignorant since he doesn't understand the kind nature of his son) the jealous and insecure husband, and the girlfriend who sees her boyfriend and his sister living in an abusive home (still I don't understand how and why) and does nothing... the character of the judge is not even one of the people who gets in possession of this desk so he has no point in the story... this book was a huge disappointment, but I know how good Nicole Krauss is, so I won't stop liking her!

Best Quotes: “I've reached the age where bruises are formed from failures within rather than accidents without.”

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Title: The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweeden
Author: Jonas Jonasson
Genre: Humor / Fiction
Stars: ☆☆☆☆

Plot: From the author of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared comes a picaresque tale of how one person's actions can have far-reaching-even global-consequences On June 14, 2007, the king and the prime minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the royal castle. Later it was said that both had fallen ill, but the truth is different.

Review: Jonas Jonasson has a unique voice. The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden is a pleasure to read (even if not as much as The One hundred Year Old Man(...) but that book was everything and more) and a very entertaining tale.
I enjoyed the characters and the situations. It kept me wondering until the end. It surprised me and made me laugh. A very good read! Highly recommended!

Best Quotes: “The world went on revolving around its sun at the constant speed and with the inconstant temper it always had.”

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Title: The Storyteller
Author: Jodi Picoult
Genre: World War II - Holocaust / Contemporary /
Stars: ☆☆☆☆

Plot: Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can’t.
Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shame­ful secret and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family. In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths to which we will go in order to keep the past from dictating the future.

Review: What a book! I didn't expect any of it... I am still shocked...
I had troubles rating this book because I don't feel like giving it 5 stars because it will not be one of my favorite this year but it deserves it for the story and for the way it was told.
At the beginning of the month I read Great House by Nicole Krauss and t was narrated in first person by different characters and it was dull... Jodi Picoult knows how to do it right. Different parts of the story are told by different characters and they all have a very unique voice. It was a pleasure to read even if the chapters were long and the topic was hard to digest.
I tend to avoid books about the war, not because I like to pretend it didn't happen (I am a history lover and I believe we all should remember what happened in order no to let it happen EVER AGAIN) but because I'm always scared fiction would not make it justice and take something away from it... I've never been so wrong... this book is hard to read, hard to digest and it makes you think... it's what certain people would classify as a "dangerous book". A passage (more than one) made me think about America and what's going on right now and it scared me to the core.
If you can read books about World War 2, the Nazi and how it all unfolded (from the prospective of a Nazi) and the story of a survivor (a very detailed one) that makes you wander what would you do in the main character' shoes (Sage), this is the book for you.
Get ready for a story that will stay with you for a long, long time...

Best Quotes: “Inside each of us is a monster; inside each of us is a saint. The real question is which one we nurture the most, which one will smite the other..”
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