University (not very) challenged

14 01 2007

Starter for Ten by David Nicholls

starter for Ten

3 star

I must admit to finding this really rather enjoyable. Almost completely predictable plot but nevertheless an entertaining ride. The anonymity of the host university was a tad annoying but the book captured the era exceptionally well I thought and there were a few really good laughs in there too. Worth a rapid read (but don’t expect anything too deep).

Independence days?

14 01 2007

Independent People by Halldor Laxness

5 star

Very good stuff indeed. Perhaps not quite the lifechanging experience suggested by some reviewers but, nevertheless, absolutely outstanding.

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For me the banal brutality in places was reminiscent of the sagas (bit obvious that) but the real difference are the political and emotional dimensions. Bjartur, after years of servitude, craves independence and everything is subjugated to this imperative. The consequences of this are really quite extraordinary and I have to say that I really have not read anything quite like it.

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