March 6, 2011 23 Comments
This is my loot from the last three weeks. There are some really nice books in the list. Have a look!
Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton
When Tora Hamilton, a gynaecologist, is digging in the field near her house she finds a body in the peat. Both her boss and her husband suggest that she forget what has happened and leave the investigation to the police. She accepts this to start with, but becomes suspicious of their motives later on.
Het negerboek [The Book of Negroes, US & Aus/NZ: Someone Knows My Name] by Lawrence Hill
I have wanted to read this book since the first time I heard about it last year. So I was very pleased that Ailantus publishers sent me the proof copy in Dutch in return for a review (and the promise that I will get the finished book as soon as it’s published).
Description from bol.com: “Abducted from her West African village at the age of eleven and sold as a slave in the American South, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom – and of finding her way home again. After escaping the plantation, torn from her husband and child, she passes through Manhattan in the chaos of the Revolutionary War, is shipped to Nova Scotia, and then joins a group of freed slaves on a harrowing return odyssey to Africa.”
Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin
I got this book from Transworld Publishers as part of the Great Transworld Crime Caper event.
Description from bol.com: “Julia Davidsson’s five-year-old son disappeared twenty years previously on the Swedish island of Oland. No trace of him has ever been found. Until his shoe arrives in the post. It has been sent to Julia’s father, a retired sea-captain still living on the island. Soon he and Julia are piecing together fragments of the past: fragments that point inexorably to a local man called Nils Kant, known to delight in the pain of others. But Nils Kant died during the 1960s.”
Won in a giveaway
Beste Anton, [Dear Anton,] by Bernadette Allaert
I won this book in a giveaway by the author on librarything.
Description from pumbo.nl: Anton’s wife of 6 years, Laura, is leaving him and he has no idea why. When he talks to Laura’s brother he hears things about her past that he didn’t know. It seems Laura is reconnecting to that past.
Caribou Island by David Vann
From the book cover: “On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, a marriage is unravelling. Gary, driven by thirty years of diverted plans, and Irene, haunted by a tragedy in her past, are trying to rebuild their life together. Following the outline of Gary’s old dream, they’re hauling logs to Caribou Island in good weather and in terrible storms […] But […] they are building without plans or advice, and when winter comes early, the overwhelming isolation of the prehistoric wilderness threatens their bond to the core.”
De val van hyppocrates [The Fall of Hippocrates] by Menno Lievers
This Dutch book is one of the shortlisted books for a Dutch debut prize, the Academica Literaruurprijs.
I’ve just finished reading this enjoyable story about a young doctor who has done his basic medical training but can’t get a place on a programme to continue his studies. He’s new at the hospital and disapproves of the way the doctors treat the patients as it goes against everything he has learned.
At the same time, he is making very bad decisions himself, both in his personal life and at the hospital. This may not end well!
The End of Alice by A.M. Homes
This Book Will Save Your Life by A. M. Homes is one of my favorite books. I’ve read and enjoyed a few other books by her but this book I haven’t read yet. It may not be fun. In fact, it may well be horrific and become a DNF (Did Not Finish).
The book deals with a child killer in prison who gets a letter from a 19-year old girl in which she explains how she is planning to seduce a 12-year old boy. Apparently, some paedophilic fantasies are part of the book. I will enter this book with trepidation. However, I’m not willing to not read this book a priori. I want to find out for myself what it’s like. A. M. Homes is one of my favorite writers, after all!
Ik was Amerika [I Was Amerika] by Gustaaf Peek
This was a free download from the publisher’s website, www. querido.nl, because the book won the BNG New Literarure Prize. I had never heard of this book.
Description (translated and adapted from bol.com): Dirk, a Dutchman who fights for the nazi’s, is imprisoned by the allied forces in North Africa. Together with thousands of German prisoners of war he is transferred to one of the many camps in the US. They work with black cotton workers in the fields. 36 years later Dirk returns to America where he hopes to find a friend that he made all those years ago.
Did you get any new books recently?