Three Fictional Pets Who Help Their Owner Grieve

This may be an oddly specific collection of books: stories in which a loved one dies and the protagonist is aided in dealing with their grief by an animal, but somehow I read three of them in a short space of time.

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Detective Story With A Twist: The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day meets Back To The Future.

Plot Summary

The Hardcastles have invited all of their friends for a party at their manor house. That evening, a murder will take place. It will not look like a murder and the killer will not be caught. It is up to our protagonist Aiden to solve the mystery. Each morning he will wake up in the body of a different guest to re-live the same day from a different perspective. He has eight chances to unmask the killer: eight days in eight different hosts. If he doesn’t all of his memories will be erased and the cycle will start again from day one..

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3 Books I Want To Re-read Soon-ish

I recently re-read One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. The previous and only other time I read it was in July 2014; I know this because I reviewed it in one of my very first blog posts. (The review is actually surprisingly good: it uses smart words like ‘corporate hegemony’ and only has one spelling mistake.)

One of the main things I discovered while re-reading the book was how little of the story I actually remembered. Most of my memories were linked to the feeling of the book, the epic writing style, the elements of magical realism etc. I had forgotten most of the characters and events.

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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami | Book Review

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This is a spoiler-free (or at least spoiler-light) review of this book. If you’ve already read it, perhaps you’ll enjoy a discussion about its ending (look out for my second post of today).

I can’t even remember how long ago I thought ‘I should read some Murakami’ and bought this book. I didn’t read it then. I had heard that Murakami’s book are very depressing and I was a bit too scared to start. Then, a few weeks ago one of my friends suggested that we read this for our book club and I finally picked it up. I am so grateful!

In retrospect, I think my belief that this book would be depressing was wrong. It’s not uplifting, but this stems from its ‘gritty realistic’ atmosphere full of interesting philosophical musings on the concepts of memory, reality and identity rather than any down-right depressiveness.  Not unlike your average literary work, I’d argue. Continue reading “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami | Book Review”