Reading List – August 2020

International writers have tended to flow swiftly past my radar. With books by British and American writers so prevalent, it’s easy to get lost in the cultures I already know the most about.

But with new translations, internationally flavored American writers, and global authors who (through colonization, I guess) have mastered English literature, that needs to change. Welcome to an international month of reading!

The Kite Rider – Khaled Hosseini

518-tcto9clThis is one of those books which do fit the modern ideas of popular. About a culture which isn’t commonly written about in Anglospheres, The Kite Rider is on my radar purely as extremely dependent on the Afghan culture and political situations. Written not too long after 9/11, I can’t imagine how tense this is going to be. I also hope it helps me learn more about the country which my own nation invaded. The history of Afghanistan is rich and far deeper than “Osama launched an attack on America.” The people – especially women – there have suffered much at the hands of the Taliban. I hope this book weaves history into it well.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

51l2b3fbhymlPart of why I haven’t read this before was the fact that it was, in original Swedish, called Men Who Hate Women. To me, a modern millennial who thinks the current incarnation of the feminist movement has a lot of good in it, that seems dangerously… against my sensibilities. I’ve openly said before that I don’t like books with senseless levels of sex or violence, and I get the distinct feeling that’s what this book is full of. I don’t actually promise to finish this book, but since I do enjoy a nice mystery every once in a while, I’m going to give this a whirl.

Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

PurpleHibiscusThere’s a new trend of African literature – especially in English – that promises to kick off exciting stories and bring fresh perspectives. I’ve heard of this book before and am interested to read something part of this new movement, even if I know relatively little about the set-up.

This book also reminds me of a book I read a long time ago – middle school, I believe. I don’t remember the title, but it was about political strife in Nigeria and I enjoyed the exciting story. There’s plenty of historical material from Africa to work with.

The Leftovers: Something from YOU?

Do you have a published book and a method of purchasing it that isn’t sketch as hell?  I need indie books to read, and this year’s slots are nearly filled!  Let me know if you have something you’d like me to peruse!

See my old reviews here

17 thoughts on “Reading List – August 2020

  1. Pink Roses says:

    Hello H.R.R. that post is interesting. I am just beginning The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré, a Nigerian writer. I’ll post a review when I’m finished it.

  2. Alexander Elliott says:

    Brave soul! I read mostly for pleasure and relaxation. I’m going to sit by while you stretch your brain and condense the experience down into bite sized pieces. I certainly hope you get SOME enjoyment out of theses titles!

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Secret: I dislike/hate almost everything I read. I review things much more softly than I think about them in my head – I actually rip everything to pieces then have to wait a little while before I post a review so I can calm down and be more objective on a rewrite. It does, however, make it easier for me to push through classics or things I otherwise just don’t like.

  3. TanGental says:

    Well having read all three, the Kite Runner is genius, Purple Hibiscus interesting if rather slow and the Girl… hmm you won’t like the sexual violence, it’s awful. The story is well crafted though, even if it’s a bit too unbelievable for my tastes. But lots of people think it’s great so you decide!

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