2017/09/25

BOOK REVIEW:
YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT BY DANIEL KEHLMANN

Title: You Should Have Left
Author: Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin (translator)
Published: 2016
Language: English (translated from German)
Pages: 114
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
A writer and his family spend seven days in a house in the mountains and as he recounts his experiences in his notebook, it's clear that things are not as they should be...


Review:
Excuse my language, but holy shit, this was creepy. I might have to sleep with the light on tonight!

I don't even know where to begin with this book, but it's the best story of a haunted house I've ever read; probably because you can't quite figure out how it's haunted. In only a little over a hundred pages, this place comes to life and bends expectations and the laws of reality, and it's so disturbing and alarming.

The story is written in a really interesting way as well; there are weird things happening quite early on, but you don't know what it means, you just know something is off, and when you reach the end, you can't help but flip back and get goosebumps.

Honestly, this was terrifying. And yet I'm left fascinated. I would definitely recommend it, although maybe read it during the day.
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2017/09/23

BOOK REVIEW:
MISS RANSKILL COMES HOME BY BARBARA EUPHAN-TODD

Title: Miss Ranskill Comes Home
Author: Barbara Euphan-Todd
Published: 1946
Language: English
Pages: 330
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
Having been swept overboard while on a cruise, Miss Ranskill has spent three years on a desert island before being rescued in 1943, only to come home to a war-torn England she has a hard time to come to grips with.


Review:
I quite liked this book and definitely enjoyed reading it.

It's a book tinged with both humor and a certain sadness and bitterness. The main characters struggles both on the island and returning home to England are interesting, frustrating and funny, and overall Miss Ranskill is a robust character with a good heart, which makes one enjoy reading about her.

The setting of England during the war is very well done, and the characters you meet in this book are fascinating. The writing is also very good and it captures the time so well. I do think the story is a bit too slow in parts, especially towards the middle, but other than that, it really is a very good novel.

It's an oddly charming book and one I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys British literature and the WWII period.
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2017/09/22

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