I can certainly see the potential and appeal of "Troubling Love" to some but this just wasn't my thing at all. Full of uncomfortable and necessary details that seem to have no purpose whatsoever, I felt there wasn't really a story to tell. The characters were not likeable, the story was not interesting and I was generally confused. I'm giving Elena Ferrante's first novel 1 star.
It seems I'm torn with the style of Deborah Levy. I'm a big fan of two of her books, yet this and "Black Vodka" just weren't for me. I found it hard to connect to the characters and I found it hard to know what was going on. Unfortunately it's one star for "Billy and Girl".
I enjoyed reading about the life of Morayo Da Silva, but I wanted more. This book could easily have been 300 pages and I would have enjoyed it just as much. That said, "Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun" gets a solid 4 stars from me. The plot is not action packed, so don't go in expecting it to be. It's simple but sweet, recommended for an easy read focused on the life and the personality of the characters themselves.
Yaa Gyasi's "Homegoing" has easily earned it's place in my list of favourites. A brutal, honest look at the slave trade and its legacy, the story explores the families of two half sisters with very different destinies. I fell in love with each of the characters and couldn't wait to pick it up again. Needless to say, it's 5 stars from me.
A collection of well written, quick and easy to read stories which are bound to make you smile - from a man who one day decides he doesn't ever want to get out of bed to a child who meticulously cares for his collection of fireworks only to be left disappointed. David Lodge has pieced together 8 intriguing stories set over different times and in different locations all of which kept me entertained and engaged. It's 5 stars for "The Man Who Wouldn't Get Up and Other Short Stories".
A fast paced story of mixed media, "All this Has Nothing to Do with Me" is a peculiar story of love and obsession. Lacking a traditional narrative, this book is intriguing but won't be to everyone's taste. I liked the story and I enjoyed reading something different, but unfortunately I felt that something was missing. Monica Sabolo's story gets 3 stars from me.