Sleepwalking Land

“Sleepwalking Land” by Mia Couto (Mozambique) Extract and Comment It isn’t the story which fascinates him, but the spirit within it. And listening to Tuahir’s dreams, with the noises of war in the background, he begins to think: they should invent a gentle, more affable gunpowder, capable of exploding men without killing them. An inverse powder, which would generate more life. And out of one … Continue reading Sleepwalking Land

The Dream Life of Sukhanov

“The Dream Life of Sukhanov” by Olga Grushin (Russia) Review This book was one of the four selected titles for our Summer Reading Group 2007 A first novel by a young Russian author, it was shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers in 2006. Readers found heart-breaking this complex story of Anatoly Pavlovich Sukhanov whose life slowly breaks down as he questions the choices … Continue reading The Dream Life of Sukhanov

Fahrenheit 451

“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury (U.S.) One of Nicola’s 100 best books for inspiration in the 21st century! Synopsis and Review “Fahrenheit 451”: the temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns In a time in which books are forbidden, Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are the source of all discord and unhappiness. But his unhappy marriage, his … Continue reading Fahrenheit 451