NAOMI ALDERMAN – Disobedience

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Acquired July 2007 – loan from LindyB28

Excellent novel about an Orthodox Jewish woman returning to her North London roots after a family crisis, to confront who she is and was, and the nature of family and friendship. She did try to pack a lot of “issues” into the novel, but I think it worked. And the parts about Orthodox Jewishness were very useful, as I read it the morning of the Jewish wedding I attended at the weekend – not Orthodox, but it helped me understand a lot of the people, feelings and opinions there.

Matt’s going to have a read of this too before it goes back to the Library Of Linda!

Lynne Cox – Swimming to Antarctica

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Bought 19 May 2007 – Bookends

Interesting autobiography of a long-distance cold-water swimmer whose aim in life is to bring together people from different communities by symbolically joining them during her extreme swims. Everything very well described and atmospheric.

I will probably BookCross this, simply because I’m not that likely to read it again and would like to share it.

J.K. ROWLING – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Obtained 31 Jul 2007 – loan from LindyB28

I enjoyed this more than books 5 (I thought rushed and poorly edited) and 6 (read it too quickly as couldn’t be bothered). This was well-plotted although maybe a little slow to get started. Everything was tied off nicely although, as my colleague predicted, I wasn’t too keen on the Epilogue. But a lot of people will have liked that.

I got a proper tear in my eye once, and a sadness on another occasion, but not the tear-fest I feared. But I haven’t really ever engaged that fully with the characters, I’m afraid.

Thanks for the loan, Linda; I am glad I got to read it to complete the set!

BALI RAI – What’s Up?

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Bought 27 Apr 2007 – Bookends

Another in the Tales of Devana High series of interconnected novels. This one focuses on Jit and his terrifying home life, also giving another perspective on the Suky-Imtiaz relationship. It was almost unbearably tense at times and very well done. I think I have one more of these to get and read now.

BALI RAI – Dominoes

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Bought 27 Apr 2007 – Bookends

A collection of short stories about a set of interwoven characters, with his usual themes and realistic characters and location. I would have liked more detail, but it was fine as it was. One of the stories left my jaw dropped in shock!

Have lent this to Matt so will try to post his reaction if he gives it to me.

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