Here are the 2 book choices for July. And remember, you don't have to read both books!
Enjoy, and see you on the 16th of July!
Note: If these books are difficult to find in bookshops, try online (e.g.: Amazon.co.uk, kennys.ie)
Also, you can check out the book list online via the 'Files' section from 'More' on the menubar.
1. The Other Hand - Chris Cleave
2. Fear and Trembling - Amelie Nothomb
1. The Other Hand - Chris Cleave (Paola, Jul'12)
We don't want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it.
Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this:
It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific.
The story starts there, but the book doesn't.
And it's what happens afterwards that is most important.
Once you have read it, you'll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.
The novel is a dual narrative story about a Nigerian asylum-seeker and a British magazine editor, who meet during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta, and are re-united in England several years later. Cleave, inspired as a university student by his temporary employment in an asylum detention centre, wrote the book in an attempt to humanise the plight of asylum-seekers in Britain. The novel examines the treatment of refugees by the asylum system, as well as issues of British colonialism, globalisation, political violence and personal accountability.
2. Fear and Trembling - Amelie Nothomb (Aga, Sep'11)
A well-intentioned and eager young westerner, goes to Japan to spend a year working at the Yumimoto Corporation. Returning to the land where she was born is the fulfilment of a dream for Amélie, but once there her working life quickly becomes a comic nightmare of terror and self-abasement. Disturbing, hilarious and totally convincing, Fear and Trembling displays an elegant and shrewd understanding of the intricate ways in which Japanese relationships are made and spoiled.