May. 8th, 2011

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Books from 11th April to 8th May
67. Regeneration by Pat Barker - Re-read for my book club. A great story based on Siegfried Sassoon's stay at Craiglockhart Hospital during the First World War. Some great descriptions of shellshock and the soldier's experiences during the war.

68. The War Poems by Siegfried Sassoon - Collection of his poems written during and about the War. I really like his style, and his poems are very "wordy" so you get a really good description of what he's trying to say. Some very emotional poems.

69. In Time of War, edited by Anne Harvey - a compilation of war poems, I think aimed at a young (teenage) audience. I think after reading this I definitely prefer the poems of the First World War. A good collection though.

70. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood - This was quite disappointing, I'd seen the film and it was amazing, but this just didn't really have even half the emotion of the film. A rare case of the film being better than the book!

71. Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain - this was similar to Jodi Picoult's style, about a woman who's child becomes mute after seeing her father kill himself, and then the woman trying to find out why, plus another story to do with an old lady who has alzheimers and some secrets in her past - better than I thought it would be.

72. Quartet by Jean Rhys - About lovers in Paris. It was ok, but I didn't really feel much emotion about the characters or anything.

73. The Client by John Grisham - a crime thriller, can't actually remember what its about...hmmm...a boy and he knows where a body is hidden I think? It was ok.

74. The Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland - A great thriller set in Russia, about the location of the Tsar's jewels after his murder.

75. The Killing Floor by Lee Child - crime thriller about a small town where people start getting murdered and its all to do with money laundering. It was ok.

76. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass - I haven't read such a boring book for ages, I almost didn't finish it, but I forced myself to..about a dwarf and his drum, and how it affects him through all his life. It was quite interesting, but it went on and on...could have been about 2/3 shorter!

77. Great Apes by Will Self - About a man who wakes up and discovers that the rest of the human race has been turned into chimpanzees. It was really clever as it put chimp characteristics into an otherwise human world, for exmaple it was a "gamemale" instead of the "gameboy" as they didn't have boys! A good book

78. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys - The story of Mr Rochester (from Jane Eyre)'s wife before she came to England and became mad. Gave a good background for it, and at the end there was a nice link to Jane Eyre - I want to read that book again now.

Currently reading The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, which is quite good so far. And currently watching An Education, which is a really excellent film!

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