Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Imagine it: the green and yellow fields of the countryside, the soothing chug-chug of the train, the Tuscan sunshine warming my cheek.The best part? Knowing that I had hours and hours to read the ton of books I had in my backpack...
It turns out I had some winners.
Runners Up: Tim Winton’s Breath and Bernard Schlink’s The Reader. Then there is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson that is appallingly translated (unless the original Swedish version reads like Kathy & Mark) but has the page-turning power of the Da Vinci Code, and is just as far-fetched. Then, if you still haven’t read William Boyd’s Any Human Heart please get your hands on it.
Then the book of the trip: The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. It’s funny and tragic and sharp and it is the most original book you will read this year.
Yours in the eternal quest of finding great books