Books

February 2020 Books

My opinions on the books I read in February

It is that time again, books reviews !!

First book I have read this month was from Robert Galbraith which is pseudonym a for J. K. Rowling. Last year I have read The Cuckoo’s Calling and really liked it, so i decided to continue with the second book in the serie: The Silkworm. Again, I liked it as much as the first one. From what i have read (2 books out of the 5 that the serie counts by today) I can say that in this crime serie, the most interesting characters are actually neither the victim nor the murderer, but the detective. Onestly, I don’t now if I say this because I know that Rowling has written this book serie, but I feel like I can recognize her style. She is describing people’s personal life with such an attention to detail and emotions, beyond the “crime story”. If you like the genre, it reads really quickly, even though it is 400-something pages. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

The second book I finished this month was American Pastoral by Philip Roth. Written in 1997, it was the Pulitzer Prize for fiction winner in 1998, so it is supposed to be “a big one”. The book is really good, many times it does slip into a stream of consciousness about the toughts of the protagonist Seymour “Swede” and it’s a type of narration I really like. It does definitely brings out a lot of historical issues, translated in one family life, showing them under a magnifying glass, and deep diving in hopes and feelings of a lifetime. It shows how sometimes events can radically change everything. I don’t know why, but I didn’t feel like giving it five stars on Goodreads. I gave it 4 instead.

The last book was Tracks by Robyn Davidson. This is a memoir of a woman crossing the Australian desert with four camels and a dog. It was quiet extraordinary. It definitely brought up many existential questions (without being too dramatic) and topics related to modern society (even though the adventure took place in 1977). I liked the fact that the book also talks about the journey and preparation that brought her to starting the travel. A very good read if you fancy something inspiring. Side note: the story ended up on National Geographic (big fan of the magazine right here). Deserved four stars.

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