The Lover

“The Lover” by Marguerite Duras (France) Synopsis and Review “The Lover”: allusive and powerful  Winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1984, “The Lover” is set in 1930s Saigon in what was the French colony of Indochina. It is a fictional recollection of the time in the author’s life when, at fifteen and a half, she meets the elegant son of a wealthy Chinese family, who … Continue reading The Lover


“Island” by Aldous Huxley (U.K.) One of Nicola’s 100 best books for inspiration in the 21st century! Synopsis and Review “Island”: pregnant with novel ideas! For over a hundred years the Pacific island of Pala has been the scene of a unique experiment in civilisation. Its inhabitants live in a society where western science has been brought together with eastern philosophy to create a paradise … Continue reading Island

The Book of Proper Names

“The Book of Proper Names” by Amélie Nothomb (Belgium) Synopsis and Review “The Book of Proper Names”: a Modern Fairy Tale for Adults “The Book of Proper Names” by Amélie Nothombe is a modern fairy tale for adults complete with an orphan girl, a wicked stepmother, a prince charming, and a happy ending. But like all fairy tales, beneath the surface is a story which … Continue reading The Book of Proper Names