The Maias by Eça de Queiroz

I read The Maias by Portuguese writer José Maria de Eça de Queiroz for #Tometopple, and it’s taken me a week to write the review. The truth is that I still don’t know how I actually feel about this book. The story is very simple, Carlos Eduardo de Maia is a wealthy, literary doctor (don’t... Continue Reading →

Forbidden Colours by Yukio Mishima

When I was reading this book, my mind lingered on three things: 1. How much the plot and characters reminded me of The Picture of Dorian Grey. I knew Yukio Mishima had written several LGBT books, and it was mostly due to the #1951club that the choice of book fell on Forbidden Colours. The story... Continue Reading →

A mouse is born by Anita Loos

Effie Huntriss is a film star. Effie Huntriss is a sex symbol. Effie Huntriss is pregnant. Effie Huntriss is forced to lie in her bed the entire pregnancy. Effie Huntriss has just been left by her husband. Effie Huntriss is bored. Effie Huntriss therefore chooses to write a book explaining Hollywood and her place in... Continue Reading →

The 13 clocks by Thurber

So, when I decided to join #1951club, a readathon about reading books published in 1951, I went to my local library, looked up all the books they had and said «I’ll take all of them». Some I had heard about, like Agatha Christie and Arthur Koestler’s The Age of Longing, others were a complete surprise.... Continue Reading →

The Age of Longing by Arthur Koestler

On Bastille-day 195X in France sometime in the near future (the book was published in 1951, so any time in the 50s after that would be the near future, even if we don’t know when) Hydies, an American upper class woman, meets two men. One is Fedja Nikitin, a cultural attaché from the “Commonwealth” (which... Continue Reading →

Coriolanus by Shakespeare

What do you do with a problem like Coriolanus? This could sum up the history of this play. Caius Martius is a soldier in the Roman army. After a battle, where he received his nickname Coriolanus, he is convinced by his friends to run for senator. He clashes with the people whom has to vote... Continue Reading →

Detective Muller by Auguste Groner

I’ve read The case of the pool of blood in the pastor’s study and The case of the registered letter, which are both short stories about Joe Muller. Ever short story starts with an introduction to the main character in these detective stories (so yes, Joe Muller is a detective). These introductions starts as follows:... Continue Reading →

Three books by Matti Aikio

Why hadn’t I heard of Matti Aikio before? Not only is his writing interesting and an important part of Norwegian history, but he as a person sounds fascinating. Born in Karasjok in 1872, Matti Aikio was Sami with all that entails in 1870s Karasjok. Despite the position Sami had in Norway at the time his... Continue Reading →

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