Leopard skinned

31 08 2008

The Leopard by Tomasi di Lampedusa

Really quite extraordinarily good novel set, as the blurb would say, amongst an aristocratic family, facing social and political changes in the wake of Garibaldi’s invasion of Sicily in 1860. The head of the house is the proud Don Fabrizio who is very much of the hold school and really doesn’t hold with all this change. Impossible though to justice to the richness of this melancholic tale. Just get it and enjoy.

Cutting it fine

30 08 2008

Cutting Edge, Off Minor, Wasted Years by John Harvey

Cutting edge

Another set of ripping yarns from Harvey in which we learn more about Resnick, his life, failed marriage, sandwich preferences (in not insubstantial detail) and a whole lot more besides – all as part of really pacey, exciting crime narratives. Really very good indeed.

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