Book Review: The Circus by Jonas Karlsson
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / January 29, 2020

The unnamed narrator and his friend, Magnus, go to the circus together. They don’t see each other often, but share the bond of outcasts and love of music. During the show, a magician asks for volunteers for his disappearing act. Magnus volunteers and never comes back.

Fun Facts Friday: Frederic Prokosch
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 17, 2019

Frederic Prokosch (17 May, 1906 – 2 June, 1989) was an American writer, known for his novels, poetry, excellent translations, and literary criticism. He is mostly known for his novels The Asiatics and The Seven Who Fled. Books by Frederic Prokosch* Mr. Prokosch was born in Madison, WI. His family of intellectuals (his father, an Austrian immigrant, was a professor at Yale University) traveled a lot. He was an excellent squash player, and represented the Yale Club (where he got his Ph.D from Yale University) in the New York State championship. During World War II, Mr. Prokosch was a cultural attaché in Sweden. After the war Mr. Prokosch settled in Rome as a lecturer in the University of Rome. Considered as a master of the craft, Mr. Prokosch’s had a following of notable figures including Thomas Mann, Sinclair Lewis, Albert Camus, Thornton Wilder, T.S. Eliot, Thornton Wilder, and Dylan Thomas. Among Mr. Prokosch’s literary accomplishments is the fact that he was an accomplished forger. He created a set of pamphlets he tried to pass off as originals. Eventually Mr. Prokosch confessed to his forgery “prank”, which was written about by Nicolas Barker in The Butterfly Books: An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Twentieth Century Pamphlets….

Book Review: The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag

About:          The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag is an award winning historical-fiction book taking place in Stockholm, Sweden during the 18th Century. Mr Natt och Dag is a member of the oldest surviving noble family in Sweden, this is his first book. 384 pages Publisher: Atria Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1501196774   My rating for The Wolf and the Watchman – 5 Buy The Wolf and the Watchman from Amazon.com* More Books by Niklas Natt och Dag* Thoughts: The first thing that struck me while reading The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag is how atmospheric and dark the story is, brutal as well. I would imagine it defines the times, after all the French Revolution is in its height, every monarch in Europe is shaking on their throne and is using every weapon in their arsenal to keep down the masses. The horror in this book has nothing to do with imaginary monsters, but with the horror of what humans are able to do to one another. It is fascinating, however, that despite the difficulties of living in the 18th Century, the day-to-day issues that occupy people are the same as they are…

Book Review: The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
4 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / January 31, 2019

About: The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson (translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles) is the second novel featuring Allan Karlsson, a reluctant anti-hero going through life, involving himself and influencing world matters. This is a follow up to Mr. Jonasson’s best seller The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. The publisher is giving away one (1) copy of this book – enter via the rafflecoper form at the end of the post. 448 pages Publisher: William Morrow Language: English ISBN-10: 0062846132 My rating for The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man – 4 Buy The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man from Amazon.com* More books by Jonas Jonasson* Thoughts: I have enjoyed the first book, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared tremendously so when I was offered to read the second part I, of course, jumped on the chance. In the follow up novel The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson (translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles), the author brings back Allan along with some friends to accidentally help shape up events which touch us all. This book was enjoyable, but I still enjoyed the first one much better. This novel did not enjoy…

Book Review: The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / March 30, 2016

We were “promised” some sort of magical “Disney happiness” which doesn’t exist, and never did. Happiness, for me, are the small things which happen daily – a smile from the wife, a hug from the kids, a strange giving a hand to another without an conditions..

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