Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Library Loot

Hosted by Eva at A Striped Armchair.

This week's loot:

The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville (2008) 308 pages

An account of an English lieutenant who became an astronomer and sailed with the First Fleet to the shores of what would become Sydney, Australia. Based on a real person.

Completed. An excellent story by one of my favourite Australian writers. She never lets me down. Highly recommended, along with her The Secret River and The Idea of Perfection.

The Winner of Sorrow by Brian Lynch (2005 ) 368 pages

A fictional account of the details of last years of the English poet William Cowper,set at the end of the 1700's.

Completed. A very interesting and well written account of Cowper's final years of doubt and melancholy and those around him. Highly recommended

Mind's Eye by Hakan Nesser (2008, first English publication ) 280 pages, translated from the Swedish (1993)

A Swedish mystery. My third by this author. Borkmann's Point and The Return were both excellent for this genre. I highly recommend him.

Completed and recommended.

The Kindly Ones Jonathan Littell (2009, first English publication) 984 pages, translated from the French (2005)
It's huge, with Nazis and some controversy. That's all I know.
Comments, questions, recomendations of literary fiction (no genres), and links to reviews are welcomed. No spoilers please.


  1. I really must make an effort to read more by Kate Grenville.

  2. You got those books read fast! The Lieutenant sounds wonderful.

  3. this sounds like an interesting read: The Winner of Sorrow

  4. I just got The Lieutenant this week and I'm looking forward to reading it! I love the covers of the first three books!

  5. I am reluctant to read The Lieutenant as I really did not enjoy The Secret River. I found it a bit slow going.

  6. I haven't heard of The Kindly Ones, but I love a good long book. I'll have to take a closer look at that one.

  7. You always get the most interesting looking and sounding books!!

  8. I haven't read any of these but they do sound interesting! I really need to give Grenville a try :)

  9. What a great selection of books. I'm a fan of Swedish crime fiction, but I haven't read any Hakan Nesser yet. I'll have to get started!

  10. I'd never heard of Grenville before, but now I definitely want to try her out. :D

  11. I bought The Kindly Ones, but haven't started it yet.

  12. I reviewed The Kindly Ones. To read it go to http://www.alvahsbooks.com/?p=53.

    On a different note, I love your blog! I've added you to my blog roll and I've subscribed as well.





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