Life After God
One thing I love about Coupland is his sense of place. Many of his stories are set in Vancouver, and I can relate very much to his locations having lived there for a year. But even if set elsewhere, the descriptions make you feel like you are there. One review I read on amazon said this is a book for depressives. Perhaps there is some truth in that, and this is not one of my favourite Coupland books. Nonetheless, a fine read and a surprising ending. More info on Coupland…
The Tortilla Curtain
I’ve been a fan of Boyle for a while, drawn in by his vivid descriptions. The characters in his books are living on the edge of accepted society. They are decent folk, just struggling to do the right thing and get on in life. Most however, end up getting the rough end of the stick. This is a story of changes, the plot moving between a middle-class couple living in the hills in Southern California, and a poor Mexican immigrant couple living in the valley. No matter how they try to isolate themesleves and live their lives, they become connected nonetheless. More info …
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Yikes, reading about Joyce’s Dublin (and Ireland) sends shivers down my spine. I didn’t necessarily have the same experiences growing up in Dublin, but alot of what he talks about is embedded in the Irish consciousness. Of course, Ireland is a much different place now. Joyce lived for a time close to where I am now, with a couple of stints in Trieste, and a short period in Pula.
Depraved, bleak, dirty … But a fine good read! This is my first encounter with Gutierrez, and though I’ve read that his previous ‘Havana Trilogy’ is better, I’m more curious about his latest novel, ‘The Insatiable Spiderman’.
The Hotel New Hampshire
I’ve never read any of Irving’s books before, only viewed the film adaption of ‘The World According to Garp‘ with Robin Williams. Irving’s writing reminds me alot of Garrison Keillor, another fine writer.