Book Review – Cat and Mouse by Gunter Grass

Cat and Mouse is the book Gunter Grass wrote immediately after The Tin Drum and shares this book’s setting of Danzig during WWII. The narrator is a boy / youth / young man called Pilenz who is besotted with the ‘hero’ of the book Joachim Mahlke, who has a prominent Adam’s Apple and a prominentContinue reading “Book Review – Cat and Mouse by Gunter Grass”

Book Review – Day of the Triffids

This is the classic catastrophe novel of the 20th Century and I appreciate the ending where there seems to be little room for optimism for the human race. There’s no cavalry coming to the rescue here, everyone on Earth is either dead, blind, or going back to basics for the rest of their lives. It’sContinue reading “Book Review – Day of the Triffids”

Book Review – Old World Landowners

Afanasy Ivanovich and Pulkheria Ivanovich are the old world landowners of the title living in the Russian countryside. The narrator describes their existence as he saw it when he was their guest. This is a wonderful story and provides the reader with an opportunity to experience Russian peasant life in the 1800s. The book describesContinue reading “Book Review – Old World Landowners”

Book Review – Day of the Triffids

This is the classic catastrophe novel of the 20th Century and I appreciate the ending where there seems to be little room for optimism for the human race. There’s no cavalry coming to the rescue here, everyone on Earth is either dead, blind, or going back to basics for the rest of their lives. It’sContinue reading “Book Review – Day of the Triffids”

Book Review – Old World Landowners

Afanasy Ivanovich and Pulkheria Ivanovich are the old world landowners of the title living in the Russian countryside. The narrator describes their existence as he saw it when he was their guest. This is a wonderful story and provides the reader with an opportunity to experience Russian peasant life in the 1800s. The book describesContinue reading “Book Review – Old World Landowners”

Book Review – The Overcoat – Nikolai Gogol

Acacky Acackyevich has a worn out coat that can’t be saved by his local tailor, so Acacky scrimps and saves to purchase a new overcoat. Everyone admires his coat and he even goes to a party in an upscale part of St Petersburg and leaves his coat on a rack while he enjoys himself, thoughContinue reading “Book Review – The Overcoat – Nikolai Gogol”

Book Review – The Overcoat – Nikolai Gogol

Acacky Acackyevich has a worn out coat that can’t be saved by his local tailor, so Acacky scrimps and saves to purchase a new overcoat. Everyone admires his coat and he even goes to a party in an upscale part of St Petersburg and leaves his coat on a rack while he enjoys himself, thoughContinue reading “Book Review – The Overcoat – Nikolai Gogol”

Office Life – Preview

Another excerpt from a book about life in an English office. ======================== As Wood finished his cigarette he noticed a programmer called Phil Bracewell coming towards him. Bracewell had scruffy, brown hair, a wispy moustache, and glasses that magnified the hazel pupils of his eyes. “Eh Phil, I hope you’re not coming over to fartContinue reading “Office Life – Preview”

Office Life – Preview

Excerpt from the book Different Planet 5 Days in the life of an English office – there’s lots of banter and insults flying around in this story. One person goes to the wrong place for the weekend, another has horrible personal habits, but the main protagonist realises how he can become a better person – he undergoesContinue reading “Office Life – Preview”

Book Review – The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

A lovely book that is easy to read in the way that Agatha Christie’s and Georges Simenon’s books are. The investigations are fun and engaging without the excessive periods of self-contemplation that characters endure in other books that are deemed intellectual or ‘deep’. Precious Ramotswe is a straightforward character who likes to help people solveContinue reading “Book Review – The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”