The Big Book Review Top 100 Books…. and a few more

23Feb/111

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Top 100 Book:: Number 48
Star Rating:: *****

Quick Review::

Wow-ee! This book, blew me away! No wonder so many of my book loving friends recommended it! The Handmaid's tale was first published in 1985 by the Canadian Author Margaret Atwood, interestingly this was based on Chaucers, The Canterbury Tales.

Not too dissimilar to the idea behind 1984 this story is set in the not too distant future where the US Government has been overthrown and a totalitarian life is being inforced on the citizens.

The book follows the tale of Offred, seperated from her husband and daughter when the Republic of Gilead was formed. She is a fertile woman and belongs to a Commander only to procreate.

A lot of the stor is deeply unsettling, especially to those who go against the rules.. much like 1984. Instead of Big Brother you have the Angels. This is a truly haunting tale of a future no-one would dare dream of, but it was still a fascinating read, I found myself turning page after page desperate to find out what would happen to our protagonist.

This book has once numerous awards and been adapted for TV, Film, Stage and Opera. A compelling read I heartily recommend it to you. A very worthy Top 100 book.

If you read it let me know,  I would love to know your thoughts.

23Feb/110

Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom

Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom

Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom

Top 100 Book:: Not a Top 100 - Personal Choice
Star Rating:: *****

Quick Review::

Some of you may remember that I read a book in the Top 100 called The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Review HERE) This book is just as fabulous.

I managed to pick this up from the library at my local University. It is a non fiction book and just like my previous Mitch Albom encounter I could not put this book down!

The story is based on Mitch Albom himself and his chance encounter with his old college professor. This professor, Morrie Schwartz is a huge inspiration to Mitch and they had not met for 16 years, since his graduation.

This story is a series of life lessons between Mitch and Morrie, held every Tuesday at Morries house. It is a fabulous story, no tall tales and drama, just a true account of lifes little gems and lessons. It really makes you think about your life and this book, although quite weepy left me feeling elated and positive.

 

I genuinely recommend you take a look at this book if you get the chance! It's not a long book and it is really highly recommended by me! You won't regret it! Let me know what you think!!!

10Feb/100

Memoirs of A Geisha – Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Top 100 Book: Number 39
Star Rating:: *****

Quick Review:: I thought that this was an absolutely amazing book! Full of so much emotion and cultural references it drew me completely from page 1. Memoirs of a Geisha follows the story of young Chiyo-chan an orphaned young girl from a fishing village and her sister Satsu as they are thrust into the world of Geishas. The book follows young Chiyo-Chan as she grows into a young teenager, the struggles she faces in the Nitta okiya and her transformation into a beautiful Geisha.

Arthur Golden develops the characters beautifully and you build real connections to the characters in the book, in particular Chiyo . The narrative is descriptive and slow. Although the book covers most of her life it doesn’t feel rushed in any way and has a wonderful flow to it. I couldn’t put it down when I started it and managed to finish it in one sitting. Thoroughly recommended as a poignant insight into an art that is slipping away into history.

9Dec/090

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

Top 100 Book: Number 19

Star Rating:: ***

Quick Review:: Now a successful film the Time Traveler's wife is the story of Henry and Clare. Henry has a condition which means that he travels through time regularly and is unable to control it so he goes forward and backwards without any control! I likened it to Journeyman if anyone has seen it. This book tells the story of Clare and Henry in a diary style as they meet at various points through Henry's travels.

A wonderful concept which would have been more highly recommended if it had been around 200 pages less. It got a little repetitive and seemed to keep going over the same stories again and again. The beginning and the end were very well written, lose some of the mindless middle dribble and it would have been a much more enjoyable read.

Detailed Review:: *SLIGHT PLOT SPOILERS*

12Nov/086

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Life Of Pi

Life Of Pi

Top 100 Book :: Number 51

Star Rating:: *****

Quick Review::

After the sinking of a cargo ship Pi Patel is left drifting on a lifeboat with a Bengal Tiger, Hyena, Orang-utan and a Zebra with a broken leg. This book follows Pi’s journey along the pacific, the highs the lows and the sickening times he endures.

Detailed Review:: *SLIGHT PLOT SPOILERS*