Monday, October 11, 2010

RoomRoom by Emma Donoghue
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've just finished this - absolutely loved it - if "loved" is a word that can be used to describe this book.  I think the fact that Jack is the narrator actually made the tale more graphic in a way as the reader is left to imagine the details.  About halfway through I was thinking that I didn't want to read much more because it was upsetting but then I raced through until the end.

I just want to give Jack a great big hug.


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Friday, October 08, 2010

The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese SchoolgirlThe Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl by Ma Yan


This is an extraordinarily simple book to read (it's aimed at 11yo and up) and if it was fiction I wouldn't be very impressed.  But it's not - it's real and it's contents are heartbreakingly simple - a 12mile walk to and from school, one meal a day (if she's lucky) and a distinct lack of nurture from those responsible for her education.  Ma Yan's diary should be read by every overindulged spoiled child in an effort to make them appreciate what they have!


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Thursday, October 07, 2010

NefertitiNefertiti by Michelle Moran
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh I loved this!  I came to Moran via Cleopatra's Daughter, and went looking for other books by her - Nefertiti is her first novel.  I think this is the most historical book I've read (in terms of "years ago") and what I found interesting was how the power struggles within family and how lines of alliance could change in a heartbeat are so similar throughout history (The Romans, the Tudors etc).

I know very little about Nefertiti, and how much of this book is fact is unknown as so much is unknown about her.  However, Moran did a good job in making her characters jump off the page and I really felt for her younger sister - thrust into the limelight against her will and better judgement.  I am now itching to know more about Ancient Egypt and will be googling it as soon as I'm done here!


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