Friday, August 12, 2016

Rapid Fire Mini Reviews #10

The Successor by Ismail Kadare- The first 2/3rds of this book zipped along and made a fair amount of sense. But then the last 1/3rd. Really not so much. If you can hang for the last 1/3, you will get an interesting peak into scary dictatorships and Albanian history, which is probably not something that most people have experience with! 

 The Property by Rutu Modan - A story about a woman and her grandmother who leave Israel to come and try to reclaim the apartment that was stolen from the grandmother's family during WWII. Well, that's what the daughter thinks they are doing. A surprisingly interesting graphic novel, considering it talks about property law a fair amount!

The Light in Ruins by Chris Bohjalian - I feel like you always know kind of what you're going to get with a book by Bohjalian but the serial killer aspect of if made it feel unique and different.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - I'm so glad that I read this. It provided a really interesting and refreshing view point. Also, a good reminder to be grateful for the things that we have.Though, at it's heart - a love story.

The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker- This is the book that the Tina Fey movie "Whisky Tango Foxtrot" was based on. I really liked it, it was funny and interesting and a little depressing and a good look at how incredibly complicated things are in the Middle East. It's pretty close to the movie, I think they just merged a couple of peripheral characters. I highly recommend both the book and the movie.


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