April / May

Something weird is happening in Lockdown, I can't seem to concentrate on reading books. At least, not at the rate previously where I would have three or four on the go. Nevertheless, here are my 2 recent favourites. Both very different, gentle reads and thought provoking for good measure. As usual, no spoilers!

 

The Travelling Cat Chronicles was translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel. This book is from a new writer to me and her story is absolutely delightful. It's a story of a cat, Nana, who goes on a road trip with his owner Satoru. It is a story of friendship, love and solitude and perfect for these times. 

The Man Who Saw Everything was long listed for the Booker Prize 2019. I must confess I haven't quite finished the book, but it is a story I'm totally immersed in. Set in Berlin and London it shows how we never quite escape our past while not fully understanding the here and now. It's what we choose to see or not see that frames our knowledge of the world and our relationships. Or at least, this is my take.

 

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