Jewish writers

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The Innocents by Francesca Segal

I was driven to read this book, after abandoning this year’s Women’s Prize Winner “May We Be Forgiven” and it was ten fold better than sitting through the first chapter of  May We Be Forgiven reading the protagonist being amorous (I am being polite here) to his brother’s wife. I can’t tell you how grateful I … Continue reading

The Clothes On Their Backs by Linda Grant

The year was 1977, Vivien spends a quiet childhood encapsulated in the present, sealed off from the past by her timid refugee parents by self immolation, so Vivien quipped. She’s ten when she finds out that she has a relative that her parents tried to shield her from. To the horror of Vivien’s father, her … Continue reading

Great House by Nicole Krauss

“I would probably feel the same way as you did. Hence I am not reading the book no matter how great ppl say it is.” It is quite disturbing to know that was my comment last November 2010 in one of blogger’s review on this book! Now I have to eat my own words. What … Continue reading

The Lion’s Honey by David Grossman

One of the most memorable biblical stories for me is Samson and Delilah. Strength, seduction, hero, capture, hair… who would forget? Samson the hero; a brave warrior, leader of men and Nazarite of God? or a misfit given to whoring and lust, who failed to fulfil his destiny? In Lion’s Honey David Grossman takes on … Continue reading

When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant

I first came across this book at Vishy’s Blog and when I saw Granta 2011 edition of the book sitting on the featured library shelf, I borrowed it without second thought. Set in Israel April 1946 – then British-controlled Palestine – just after the Second World War, the novel follows a young Englishwoman Evelyn Sert, … Continue reading


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)