Nov 29, 2013

INCENDIARY by CHRIS CLEAVE

IncendiaryIncendiary by Chris Cleave
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chris Cleave is a (unmistakably) British author with a unique, captivating, powerful style.

His plots are unforgettable, well built, as close to reality as the improbability of his subjects will allow. The same can be said for his characters and for his setting of choice, London.

I first fell in love with "Little Bee", his second novel, that accompanied me on a journey straight back to the years when I used to work in the British Social Services.

I shivered all the way through "Incendiary", his first success, a page-turner that combines an harsh, not-so-far-from-reality, apocalyptic scenario with a crude, unlikely hero, a woman who has poor resources but is smart enough to recognize herself as the product of an unhealthy society in a sick world.

Next on the to-read list is "Gold", Cleave's third and recently published novel, promising more strong feelings and reflections based on the story of a famous athlete dealing with her daughter's deadly sickness. I particularly enjoyed the interview to Chris Cleave available on his Goodreads page.

My rating for "Incendiary" is 5 out of 5 stars.
The author, Chris Cleave, goes straight up into my top 3 British author, together with Nick Hornby and Jonathan Coe.

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Nov 17, 2013

SISTERLAND BY CURTIS SITTENFELD

SisterlandSisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Twin sisters with psychic powers who grow up to be as different from each other as possible?

An incoming disaster hovering over the whole town forcing old feelings to surface and sides to be taken?

These are the main ingredients for a book that will ignite your reflections long after you finished reading it.

Add two modern couples facing the problems of mixed race parenthood and you have the perfect book to get lost in.

A personal note: for the first time in my life I identified with the grown up mother of two rather than her hippy-ish immature sister.
A trick of the talented Curtis Sittenfeld or the first signs of my long lost biological clock?

My rating: 5/5 stars

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