Archive for the Novels Category

Audrey Niffenegger. Her Fearful Symmetry.

Posted in -2010 Novels, Novels on January 30, 2010 by Richard Farrell

Story of twin sisters who inherit an aunt’s house in London.  Ghosts and cemeteries and lots of symmetry.

J.M. Coetzee. Summertime

Posted in -2010 Novels, Novels with tags , , on January 30, 2010 by Richard Farrell

Mock biographical interviews of friends, lovers and relatives of the fictionally dead author.  Very interesting structure.  He paints a bleak and at times painful self portrait.  The line between fiction and reality blurs.

J.M. Coetzee. Summertime.

Posted in Novels, Recently Read Novels with tags , , on January 20, 2010 by Richard Farrell

Fictional biographer interviews characters from Coetzee’s life after the author has died.  Interviews are candid and, at times, scathing indictments of the young writer.  Interesting fictional, autobiography.

William Faulkner. The Sound and The Fury.

Posted in 2009 Novels, Novels on May 18, 2009 by Richard Farrell

Modernist style…Joyce undertones.  Benji and Quentin chapters seem disjointed, connected more place than by plot

John Fowles. Daniel Martin.

Posted in 2009 Novels, Novels on May 4, 2009 by Richard Farrell

POV shifts are startling.  Fowles creates an entire world of chracters and drama.

Jose Eduarod Agualusa. The Book of Chameleons.

Posted in 2009 Novels, Novels with tags , , , , on April 27, 2009 by Richard Farrell

Narrated by a chameleon who lives in the house of a man who creates fictional identities in Angola, this story weaves in and out of the lives of the chameleon (who is channelling GG Marquez), the identity creator Felix, and a host of interesting characters who move in and out of their lives.  At times, the story became overly convoluted, making the structure (short chapters, quick movement in time) confusing.  It combines many elements of story telling (scene, dialogue, meta-fictional issues) and character development.   Tight, crisp translation from Portuguese.

Danilo Kis. A Tomb for Boris Davidovich.

Posted in 2009 Novels, Novels on February 12, 2009 by Richard Farrell

Just started.