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Love reading? Recommended books!!
Posted September 23rd, 2009 - 1:49 am by from Wellington, New Zealand (Permalink)
I like reading, and I like reading books that have been recommended by friends.
How about you?

Let's share some of our recommended reads.

I'll start with one I read earlier this year- The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz.

It's about a family from the Dominican Republic - but it's so much more than that. The writer has a totally original and offbeat style and structure, and I learnt a lot about the DR that I never knew. The story itself is woven together from multiple characters' perspectives. It's one of the saddest, funniest, sharpest books I've read in recent memory.

Posted September 24th, 2009 - 9:14 am by from Auckland, New Zealand (Permalink)
Hey Rachel, that book looks really interesting. Just looked it up and it's won a few serious awards!

I have one for you, The Shadow of the Sun, by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski.

It's about the author's time spent in Africa (about 40 years more or less). A lot of the book makes for difficult and sad reading (different country, same scenario). I felt like it was really a humane, interesting, and realistic introduction to Africa.

Penguin books, $13, brilliant!

Posted November 20th, 2009 - 3:38 am by from Wellington, New Zealand (Permalink)
Great, I'll put that one on my "to read" list!