Cures for boredom at your local library

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Finally I've had some time for summer reading. Here's two of my recommendations for your own summer reading lists.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen -
An elderly man, named Jacob, struggles with his own aging process and remembers his circus adventures during the Depression Era. Jacob's tales revolve around the evil manager of the menagerie, a lovely circus performer, and an understanding nursing home caregiver.

Captain Correlli's Mandolin by Louis de Berni
A tale of forbidden love between an Italian captain and the Greek daughter of the local doctor during the Italian occupation of Greece during the Second World War. An expert tale of love and of the bitterness of war.
De Bernières echoes the fanciful writing style of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


Kristien said...

I loved Water for Elephants, Erica. Excellent recommendation! If you like carnival/circus fiction, you may want to check out Dreamland, by Kevin Baker. Coney Island at the turn of the 20th century.

erica-knits said...

I will most certainly check out Dreamland, thanks for the recommendation Kristien! Water for Elephants has certainly peaked my interest in carnival fiction.

Jess said...

Hey Erica! I've never commented on your blog but I love reading it - and felt like commenting here. I love both these books - Captain Corelli's Mandolin is one I really didn't expect to like, but I loved it and it's stuck with me for years - more than most books have. Have you read anything else by him?

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn is another circus freak book - it's entertaining but might be a bit hard to stomach.

erica-knits said...

Jess, thanks for commenting! I just added your blog to my reader, you seem to recommend good reads often! I think the terrible movie certainly tainted my interest in the book, but once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I actually just picked up "The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts" which sounds hilarious from the get-go, but knowing de Bernieres it will be quite the tale. Thanks for the recommendation of Geek Love. The books that are the hardest to stomach also make me think the hardest.

Jess said...

Thanks for adding me! I read all the time, and am always looking for new suggestions as well!

I just recently read the newest de Bernieres - "A Partisan's Daughter" - I can't say I loved it. I did read half of "Birds Without Wings" and really loved it, but never finished it due to hectic life. It's still sitting on my shelf waiting to be picked up again ...

I've heard really good things about "The War on Don Emmanuel..." and the others in that trilogy, let me know how it is!

Team Knit ! said...

If you haven't read The Time Traveler's Wife, you must. It's amazing.

- Julie

rachel said...

I've been wanting to read Water for Elephants ever since I first saw it. My birthday's coming up and I told my parents it was on my wishlist, so maybe I'll get lucky :)

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