Thursday, 23 February 2012

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.


Monday, 20 February 2012

Those Who Save Us

Those Who Save Us
For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy's sole evidence of the past is an old photograph: a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer, the Obersturmfuhrer of Buchenwald.Driven by the guilt of her heritage, Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the dramatic and heartbreaking truth of her mother's life.Combining a passionate, doomed love story, a vivid evocation of life during the war, and a poignant mother/daughter drama, Those Who Save Us is a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame.

Chapter 1

So now that I've taken care of the basics - introduction and bio - let's jump right to the good stuff.

Nah - I lied.. Here's a little more back story first. 


Author's Bio

Melanie Fulop is a 30-something, married woman who lives in Ottawa, Canada and who obviously loves to read. This is her first attempt at any sort of blog that focuses more on what she's read than on what she wants to have written. Having finally come to the conclusion that she does not have the patience, nor the creativity, nor the intent the words to ever express herself accurately, she decided to simply keep track of those novels that have peeked her interest in this here blog... if only so she can review the list after a few months and gloat over how much of other people's creativity she's managed to cram inside of her own head.

In other words... This whole exercise is pretty much all for my own benefit... But I would love to see your thoughts on any books that we've both read, comments on what I blurt out, or any suggestions for future reads.

Meanwhile, let's start this blog off with just the perfect literary cliché... a quote by some well known author, who's likely dead, but who's words still resonate to this day...

"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become." ~ C.S. Lewis

Synopsis

I'm going to skip all the introductions and just toss out the following facts:

- I like to read. A LOT.
- I've read too many books - both fictional and non - to ever list them all.
- Reading is my favourite form of escapism.

Taking the above into consideration - and the forthcoming blog entries about books that I have read, am reading, and wish to read - one might come to the conclusion that I must have a loose-handed grip on reality...

One might be correct.