I’ve read a few decent books of late, so I thought I’d share two reviews with you.
YOUR HEART IS AS BIG AS A FIST by Sunil Yapa
312 pp. Lee Boudreaux/Little, Brown & Company.
The plot is centred on the 1999 Seattle WTO protests where the main character, Victor, finally comprehends what the meaning of life is.
At the centre of the novel is the same question posed by the protests themselves: what kind of world do we want, and what must we do to get it?
You’ll either love this book, or hate it. There is a lot of violence throughout, so it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Yapa has a unique writing style that is both raw and engaging.
You’ll find Yapa’s characters interesting and relatable. I believe he has successfully captured a deep beat of the human heart.
Yapa has brought a piece of modern history to life on the page and made it personal. An undercurrent of strong themes exists below a surface of evocative imagery.
FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff
390 pp. Riverhead Books.
Fates and Furies is a modern Greek tragedy which focuses on the marriage of Mathilde and Lotto (Lancelot). The book is divided into two sections – Fates depicts Lotto’s point of view; and Furies depicts Mathilde’s point of view.
Surprisingly, the story is more about life than marriage. It’s about screwing things up, surviving, trying and sometimes hitting on a win.
Fates and Furies isn’t your typical ‘women’s fiction’ book. It’s brooding, soap-opera style reminds me of Cloud Street, by Tim Winton.
Groff has a writing style that many readers will grow impatient with. Fellow writers, however, will appreciate the skill with which she weaves words.
If you’re looking for a light, easy read – this isn’t the book for you. It doesn’t have a typical happy ending and there is a lot of doom and gloom throughout.
Fates and Furies is a very good, but very oppressive story. You will carry a sense of dread with you through every chapter.
This book isn’t for the average reader, but for the select few who have a greater-than-average appreciation for drama.
Have you read any brilliant books lately?