[Book Review] Maurice by E. M. Forster

coverTitle: Maurice
Author: E. M. Forster
Genre: Fiction, classics, romance, literary fiction, LGBT+

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Set in the world of Cambridge undergraduate life during the Edwardian era, we follow Maurice Hall, a privileged young man who is conventional in almost every way – except that he is attracted to his own sex. Gradually, Maurice experiences an emotional and sexual awakening, first through Clive, his friend at Cambridge, and later through Alec, the gamekeeper at Clive’s country estate. This novel explores the repressive attitudes of British society, as well as one man’s journey to self-discovery.

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[Book Review] The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

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Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, mystery, sci-fi

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: In 1945, a young woman named Laura Chase dies under ambiguous circumstances. Several decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recalls her memories of her childhood and the events and relationships that affected her wealthy, eccentric family, including her unhappy marriage to businessman Richard Griffen. Intertwined with Iris’ story are chapters from “The Blind Assassin”, the scandalous novel that made Laura famous. In it, two illicit lovers create a science fiction story about a blind killer on a distant planet. Together, these stories gradually illuminate the secrets of the Chase family.

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[Book Review] Hunger by Knut Hamsun

9788205394810Title: Hunger*
Author: Knut Hamsun
Genre: Fiction, classics, literary fiction, psychological

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Set at the end of the 19th century, we follow the struggles of a starving young man trying to make it as a writer in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway. On the outside he tries to maintain an image of someone respectable and dignified, his sense of pride is strong, and he works hard to get his work published. However the poverty he lives in, and not to mention the overwhelming hunger he feels on a daily basis, slowly but surely shatters his sense of reality.

I read this in its original language (Norwegian) under the title “Sult”.

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[TBR] Plan to read in August 2017

Pretty sure this is the latest I’ve posted a monthly TBR! Honestly, I didn’t really want to post this because I feel I’m kind of in a slump, except it’s not that I don’t feel like reading, for some reason I’m just reading less often and much slower than usual. So I may not be able to read all of the books on this list, even though it’s a fairly small stack, but it’s not like I’m not going to try. So anyway – these are the books I’d like and hope to read this month!

My August TBR:

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[Book Review] The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe

412buuetmqyl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Title: The Woman in the Dunes
Author: Kōbō Abe
Genre: Fiction, classics, contemporary, existentialism, surrealism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: After journeying out to a remote beach town to study bugs, school teacher and amateur entomologist Jumpei Niki misses his last bus home. The local villagers offer him lodgings at the bottom of a vast sand pit that can only be reached by rope ladder. However, when he tries to leave the next morning it appears the locals plan to keep him captive. His only company is the strange young widow who also lives in the pit, and together they are expected to shovel back the ever-advancing sand that threatens to destroy the village.

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[Wrap-Up] Books read in July 2017

I’m late with my wrap-up post again, what the heck. I had a bit of an Instagram break lately as well, so maybe that’s why this time. I have a couple reviews of last month’s reads just waiting to be written… Anyway, I read seven books in July, which was pretty good since I felt I wouldn’t actually be reading that much. Apart from one poetry collection, all books were novels. Reviews are linked in this post!

My July reads:

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[Book Review] The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø

34313091Title: The Redbreast*
Author: Jo Nesbø
Genre: Fiction, crime, Nordic noir, thriller, mystery

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: During President Clinton’s visit in Norway, police officer Harry Hole accidentally shoots a Secret Service Agent. The incident is covered up and Hole is promoted to inspector. He’s assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities, which is a mundane task until the discovery of a rare and unusual rifle is made. This is followed by several startling leads pointing to neo-Nazi networks and a mysterious contact only known as “the Prince”. Then an old drunk and former soldier is found with his throat slit, and Hole slowly unravels a murder plot dating all the way back to World War II.

* I read this in its original language (Norwegian) under the title “Rødstrupe”.

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