Category: Other 5 out of 5s

Gail Honeyman’s — Eleanor Elephant is completely fine *****

Gail Honeyman’s — Eleanor Elephant is completely fine *****

Eleanor harbours a deep secret, not only from everyone, but also from herself. She lives a solitary life in Glasgow until she needs a colleague, Raymond, to fix her work computer. Eleanor slowly blooms when she meets other people through Raymond, but her childhood comes to haunt her.

There are laughable moments when the author betrays Eleanor’s take on her world, but also sad moments when Eleanor comes to terms with loss and a difficult childhood.

Tracy Chevalier’s — Remarkable creatures *****

Tracy Chevalier’s — Remarkable creatures *****

When Mary scours the English beaches, she discovers she has an eye for uncovering fossilized skeletons. In an age where women were barred from science, she is viewed as sinful. Only when she befriends Elizabeth who also scours beaches, does she find a like-minded companion. Continue reading “Tracy Chevalier’s — Remarkable creatures *****”

Connie Willis’ — Blackout and All Clear*****

Connie Willis’ — Blackout and All Clear*****

Blackout is about characters who travel back in time to view different historical events during World War II, but after they arrive, there’s a mess up in the time travel lab, and they find themselves stuck in Oxford, England. Continue reading “Connie Willis’ — Blackout and All Clear*****”

Naguib Mahfouz’s — Palace Walk *****

Naguib Mahfouz’s — Palace Walk *****

This is a glimpse into the life of a Muslim family living in Cairo during the early 1900s. While Al-Sayyid’s authoritarian rule over his family makes us aware of the restrictions placed on women, he also offers humour within the dynamics of the family.

This was the first volume of a Cairo trilogy, and to me, Palace Walk was the best of Mahfouz’s books.