[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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[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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[Book Review] Monsters by Emerald Fennell

25399706Title: Monsters
Author: Emerald Fennell
Genre: Fiction, horror, mystery, YA, children’s

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

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: In the Cornish town of Fowey, the body of a young woman is discovered in the fishing nets. She has been murdered. While the small town is in grief and shock, there is a twelve-year-old girl who is not. She loves murders and is delighted with these recent events. She starts her own investigation and is eventually joined by Miles Giffard, a twelve-year-old boy who is in Fowey on summer vacation and who has similar morbid interests. The investigation deepens, slowly revealing the town’s dark secrets and the children’s twisted humor.

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[Book Review] The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

7bf7ba53-57a4-45b7-80c8-e94bf4f2da53Title: The Edible Woman
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, feminism

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

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: All Marian McAlpin wants to be is normal. However, her recent engagement to her boring but respectable boyfriend hasn’t only upset her stable routine, it has also upset her stomach. She gradually loses appetite until she literally can’t eat anything anymore. Where she feels she should be consumed with passion, Marian simply just feels consumed, and she’s soon overcome by a serious identity crisis.

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[Poetry Review] Pitch Lake by Andre Bagoo

51luq7xv95l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: Pitch Lake
Author: Andre Bagoo
Genre: Prose poetry

Where I got the book: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: A poetry collection divided into three distinctive parts. It includes a variety of themes, such as reflections around art, Trinidad’s history and its threatened ecosystem, and queer sexuality in a homophobic climate.

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[Book Review] The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

34380383Title: The Tidal Zone
Author: Sarah Moss
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, contemporary

Where I got the book: I won this book through a giveaway hosted on Instagram and am reviewing this on my own initiative.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Stay-at-home parent Adam and working full-time doctor Emma live in Coventry with their two daughters. One day Adam receives a call from school concerning Miriam, his eldest daughter. For no apparent reason, 15-year-old Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing. The family is thrown into the terrible situation of waiting and not knowing, and as they struggle to come to terms with what’s happened, they try to reclaim a sense of normalcy.

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[Book Review] The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami

17181679Title: The Elephant Vanishes
Author: Haruki Murakami
Genre: Fiction, short stories, contemporary, magical realism

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

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: A woman has not slept for 17 days and soon finds herself passing the time in a state of semi-consciousness. A factory worker makes a pact with a dwarf in order to win the heart of a beautiful girl. A man’s favorite elephant vanishes into thin air and his whole life is subtly thrown out of balance. This is a collection of 17 short stories that deal with the experience of loss, confusion, and loneliness in a slightly surreal world.

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