– 2018/98 – 48 years of books (2013)

Careless people by Sarah Churchwell

What can I say about this book… I did enjoy it.  It’s interesting like a good documentary is interesting… I wouldn’t say it’s edge of your seat gripping but it does keep your attention.  It’s a slow read though.

Sarah Churchwell attempts to tell the story behind ‘The Great Gatsby” by exploring the Fitzgerald’s life after the moved back to New York in 1922, a life of excess and parties and drinking and scandals in the middle that was then described as the Jazz Age.

The smallest details are unveiled from diaries and newspaper articles, no stones was left unturned and all of this was really captivating and does give you a clear image of their life in that period for that particular society set.

The author, in parallel to this, talks in great details about a double murder that gripped America at the time, and that was never solved, and that’s when the book get a bit jumpy for me… a bit of this, a bit of that… I’m not sure it deserves that much attention. Maybe it’s me and I’m just missing the point.

I loved to read about their crazy, selfish, opulent, morally loose life… but it felt at times more like a scholarly thesis than a novel.  As I said: interesting but slow.

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2018   Mr Hanckock and the mermaid

2017 – Magari domain resto (Lorenzo Maroni)

2016 – Upstream (Mary Oliver)

2015 –

2014 – Annihilation (Jeff VanderMeer)

2013 – Careless people (Sarah Churchwell)

2012 – Wonder

2011 – The Paris Wife (Paula McLain)

2010 –

2009 – Let the great world spin (Colum McCann)

2008 – The White Tiger (Aravind Adiga)

2007 –Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (Barbara Kingsolver)

2006

2005 – Never let me go (Kazuo Ishiguro)

2004

2003

2002 – Everything is illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)

2001 – American Gods (Nail Gainman)

2000 – Coram Boy (Jamila Gavin)

1999

1998

1997 – Paradise (Toni Morrison)

1996

1995

1994

1993

1992

1991- Regeneration (Pat Barker)

1990

1989 –The Joy luck club (Amy Tan)

1988

1987 – Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)

1986

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1984

1983

1982

1981 – The colour purple (Alice Walker)

1980 –

1979– Sophie’s Choice (William Styron)

1978

1977

1976 –  Wilfred and Eileen

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