Sunday, July 7, 2013

"The hundred-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson

This book was recommended to me by an assistant in a bookstore ("Pocket Shop") at the central train station in Stockholm. I asked for suggestions of books by Swedish authors (translated into English). Among the many Swedish crime writers that were suggested to me, this book by Jonas Jonasson caught my attention. This book is a humourous novel about a 100 year old man who decides (one hour before his birthday party) to go on an adventure, so he climbs out the window of his retirement village and sets off in his slippers...

I just started this book yesterday, so I will add more to the review when I finish it.

Started reading: 6th July 2013.

"Dirt Music" by Tim Winton

Tim Winton is an Australian author. Some of his books I absolutely loved and couldn't stop turning the pages (e.g. "Breath"). "Dirt Music" however was not one of my favourite of his books. There were some lovely descriptions capturing landscapes and emotions and situations in unique ways in this book. But many of the characters were unlikable and the tone of the book was as if you were constantly just waiting for something violent and destructive to occur, as if you were in the eye of a storm. I also found the lack of quotation marks to indicate what was being said and by which character pretty distracting and annoying - not sure how much this had to do with me being tired when I was reading but it constantly kept frustrating me as I had to re-read bits to figure out who was speaking..

Started reading on my Kindle: 20th June 2013
Finished: 6th July 2013
My score: 6/10