It is so nice to read great books back to back. It is also nice and a relief to read good books that have been wildly praised by critics. Just because a book gets great reviews, does not mean that I will like the book. But when you have eagerly been waiting to read a book, because of the hype, it is a good thing to actually enjoy it. I was lucky with these two books. I am just going to give brief notes on each book and I hope it makes you curious enough to read them.

THE LOWLAND by Jhumpa Lahiri

THE LOWLAND is about two brothers living in Calcutta in the 1960’s. One brother was politically active and was passionate for equal rights. The other brother was a scientist who went to America to further his education. Their lives could not have been more different and that is what made this story so intriguing.

One brother survives and lives his life in Rhode Island. He is a great father and it feels like he has left India behind him. But really, the past is always with him. Ultimately, this is a great family saga.

I have long been a fan of Lahiri and she produces another novel with depth and feeling.

THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt

THE GOLDFINCH was not anything like what I thought it was going to be. Theo is a 13 year old boy being raised by his mother in NYC. On a museum visit, there is an explosion and his mother is killed. The only thing that Theo has from that horrible day is the actual Dutch painting The Goldfinch. He has no one in his life, but he is taken in by the family of a class mate. His long lost father shows up and takes him to Las Vegas. Theo’s life is full of unusual characters and he continues to have his big secret—the painting.

This big novel has a big story to tell. I was never bored and I never stopped caring about Theo and wonder what in the world was going to happen with The Goldfinch. Towards the end, the pages were flying and I was so captivated by the action. This is one of my favorite reads in the last year, purely entertaining and just so much fun to read. Enjoy!

Recommended viewing: I recently saw two fabulous films, NEBRASKA and PHILOMENA. Obviously, they are both very different, but both were very entertaining. You will see two excellent casts and fantastic writing. Both are worthy of the attention they have been receiving.    

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  • krunn7  On February 13, 2014 at 3:01 am

    I get exhausted trying to keep up to you. I think I will try to watch Philomena as I have two books on the go now and a stack in the cupboard.

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