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NinaL has commented on (18) products.

Fire and Movement: The British Expeditionary Force and the Campaign of 1914 by Peter Hart
Fire and Movement: The British Expeditionary Force and the Campaign of 1914

NinaL, December 29, 2014

Peter Hart captures the events and mood of 1914 bringing the first months of the Great War into vivid detail. What makes Hart's rendition of history so interesting is his ability to relate a story. Within "Fire and Movement", Hart pulls together his account of 1914 from the personal experiences of those who fought the war. The wide variety of passages that Hart quotes are taken from the highest-ranking officers to the foot soldiers in the trenches; it is this assortment that gives "Fire and Movement" a comprehensive yet approachable base.
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The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit by Graham Joyce
The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit

NinaL, November 7, 2014

When I closed the cover after reading the last page, all I could say was "wow". Graham Joyce has a way with words. He draws the reader into the time and the narrator's head. The narrator, David, is like a good friend, yet unreliable because there is always a sense that he is holding something back from the reader. This was a novel that I wanted to rush through to understand the mystery of the man in the blue suit, yet I did not want it to end.
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Call of the Undertow by Linda Cracknell
Call of the Undertow

NinaL, June 24, 2014

Call of the Undertow is a quiet, thoughtful novel. Linda Cracknell describes landscape with deft beauty. Cracknell's imagery of the land leading to and from Maggie's 'Flotsam Cottage' creates a visually familiar pathway so well illustrated that the descriptions alone make me want to traverse those isolated roads as well. The novel mirrors the moody landscape. Secrets of both land and characters are slow to be revealed and some secrets remain hidden allowing the reader to determine what may or may not be the truth.
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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Burial Rites

NinaL, April 18, 2014

Burial Rites starts a little slow with the public announcements, letters, and ruminations. However, the narrative picks up when accused murderess Agnes Magnusdottir is transferred to the Jonsdottir farm. The Jonsdottir family is at first angered to be used as the holding house of this condemned woman of ill reputation, but each becomes embroiled in personal conflict as their regard towards Agnes either darkens, changes to pity, or possibly understanding, as the sentence drags through the summer and into fall. Agnes' transfer creates great tension at the Jonsdottir farm; this, along with the earlier entries, work to pull the reader deeper into Agnes' story. Within a few chapters, Burial Rites became difficult to put down. Hannah Kent's writing is quiet, intriguing, and her novel is beautifully written.
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Country Girl: A Memoir by Edna O'Brien
Country Girl: A Memoir

NinaL, May 3, 2013

Edna O'Brien's memoir is a satisfying, engaging read. O'Brien writes her memoir in tantalizing vignettes that seem to be open and honest. She is humorous, touching, and thoughtful in her reflections. Her stories flit through time, at one moment these tales are the reflection of a child growing up in southern Ireland then we suddenly jump into the memories of an adult who has seen the world, yet always the streams of thought flow together weaving an intricate path of remembrance. One doesn't have to have read O'Brien's books to appreciate the stories of her life as presented in Country Girl, but perhaps her memoir will entice the reader to discover O'Brien's fiction and poetry. (A complete review is posted at LuxuryReading(dot)com.)
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