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The Other Son (English Edition)
The Other Son (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 3,48

5.0 von 5 Sternen Complex characters, well written, 17. Juli 2016
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Enjoyed this book very much! It starts of a little slow, but you really get to know the characters this way, which is extremely important for the novel to work.
Good portrait of family dynamics and the role of social expectations, especially regarding women, and how they have changed over time. Very impressed with this author, will definitely check out his other books.

The Throwaway Children
The Throwaway Children
Preis: EUR 3,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very well written, gripping, emotional and a topic often ignored, 23. April 2016
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Throwaway Children (Kindle Edition)
This novel is very long especially at the beginning.

This will tell you about the plot but I don't think it gives away information that is really surprising if you've read the jacket.
The novel describes the lives of Rita, 9, and Rosie, 5, living with their widowed mother in post war, working class England. Mavis, the mother is struggling everyday to feed her children, supported by her mother, and finds herself pregnant from violent Jimmy, who doesn't want Rita and Rosie in the house with him. He talks Mavis into bringing her children to a home. From this home, the children are finally sent to Australia to another home.

These programs existed in the UK till the 1970s. I only learned about them when I watched the mocie "Oranges and Sunshine", which tells the story of social worker Margaret Humphries who first investigated these children's experiences. They were mostly working class, their parents, often single mothers, didn't know what was happening and often had no say.

I greatly appreciate that the author took up this topic. I would criticize that the narrative is very detailed in the first half or two thirds of the novel - probably a little too detailed. But then time passes much more quickly and that felt slightly disharmonious with the slower (though never boring) pacing at the beginning.

Nevertheless,I'm giving this five stars (4.5) because the book really kept me reading and wanting to know what was going to happen next. It is very emotional and had me crying often.

Little Children (Allison & Busby Classics)
Little Children (Allison & Busby Classics)
Preis: EUR 4,09

4.0 von 5 Sternen 3.5 stars - good style but seems somehow irrelevant, 17. März 2016
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This is the fourth novel by Tom Perrotta that I've read and either my taste has changed much since I read The Abstinence Teacher, Election and The Leftovers or this is really much weaker. The writing is good and very readable. The story is told from multiple perspectives, just like in the other novels. But this just didn't seem as funny to me. Maybe Perrotta is best when he deals with bigotry and self-righteousness in religious people?

This seemed so irrelevant. You could argue that that might be the point, as he describes the lives in white suburbia exactly as such.
I finished reading it, as the style is good and the story is not bad, but for me the reading experience was rather disappointing and the humor did not resonate much with me.
Well, 3/4 of his novels I really enjoyed, still a good average!

The Life of a Banana
The Life of a Banana
Preis: EUR 4,16

5.0 von 5 Sternen Full of astute observations, interesting..., 25. Februar 2016
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Life of a Banana (Kindle Edition)
I must admit that I'm only halfway through this book right now that I'm writing this review, but I wanted to give it a review so that others can still buy it while it's Deal of the Month. I'll change the review if I change my mind, but I think that that is unlikely.

I've enjoyed reading this right from the beginning. The character, 11? year old Xing, a Chinese girl living in Britain, has a great voice. I could relate to her right away. The novel begins right after her mother has died in a freak accident when Xing and her brother have to move in with her very wealthy grandmother. Her grandmother is very strict and Xing now has to go to a fancy private school where the classmates bully her for being Chinese.
Up to now, the novel has basically related Xing's daily life and some special events. There is no obvious suspension, something you just have to find out as a reader, but the insight into this little girl is so valuable and so entertaining and humorous - I absolutely recommend it.

Trail of Broken Wings
Trail of Broken Wings
Preis: EUR 3,49

5.0 von 5 Sternen Time does not heal all wounds, 19. Februar 2016
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Trail of Broken Wings (Kindle Edition)
This is a novel about a woman and her three grown-up daughters, who experienced violence by their father's hand. The story sets in about 15 years after Somya, the youngest daughter, left the home after the father has fallen into a coma. Sonya returns home and as the mother and sisters meet again and as they have to face their father's impending death, they each have to deal with their traumatic past.
The author shows very well how each of them is affected differently and individually and illustrates the long time effects of abuse in the family.

Some reviewers have complained that the novel is depressive. I can understand that one would feel that way, but I personally found it very touching. I appreciate when novels acknowledge that time doesn't heal everything, that we need to face our past and can only run from it for so long.
I liked the way the focus and narrative voice shifted between the two women and how I slowly learned more about the characters and their experiences. It becomes plausible why they are struggling so much as adults.
I find the novel well written. I thought the pacing was good and also the way in which information about the past was divulged. I really wanted to know more and understand the characters more.

I almost didn't buy this book because of the negative reviews here on amazon.de - fortunately, I checked out those on amazon.com. I find that very helpful, because for some reason, German readers seem to vote books down a lot of the time.

The Misremembered Man
The Misremembered Man
Preis: EUR 5,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Stylistically not always great, but an important story. 4.5 stars., 24. Januar 2016
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Misremembered Man (Kindle Edition)
Over the first quarter of the book, I was about to stop reading it several times. But something kept me reading.

I'm going to voice my criticism first:
First of all, the novel starts off very slowly. The author describes a lot of detail. But what bugged me most was that I felt the author does a lot of telling instead of showing. The characters are slightly cliché, especially at first, but they do gain some depth later. The book could probably have been shortened without losing much.

That being said, the story is really well-thought out and deals with an important part of Irish history, i.e. the systematic abuse of children in Catholic orphanages. It is heartbreaking to read about this topic again (Paddy Doyle's The God Squad comes to mind, of course), especially since a friend of mine was in one of these orphanages (in the Republic). The way the children's life is described makes you wonder how anybody could survive this ordeal in childhood at all.

In the end, the story is sad but sweet and I believe that we owe it the survivors and those who didn't make it to tell this story and to remember what these authoritarian priests and nuns did to them in the name of Christianity.
I also find that despite some criticism that I have with the author's style, there are some passages in which she captures the pain and the desperation of the boy in the orphanage very, very well.
Another thing I liked were the letters that the narrative works with. They have a really credible voice.

All in all, very important despite some minor flaws. A courageous author.

The Girl Who Just Appeared (English Edition)
The Girl Who Just Appeared (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 4,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable, with some rather unexpected twists, 18. Januar 2016
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Over the first third or even half of the book I felt that it was written well enough, but rather too long and too detailed. While that may be the case, the long build-up makes the whole read enjoyable in the end. The narration definitely kept me guessing and even after everything was pretty clear, there were some very entertaining twists and turns.
Not a super-intellectual read (and does it always have to be?) - but still deals with important topics and very, very entertaining.

Nothing special about language, voice, composition etc, but more than decent throughout and absolutely kept me wanting to know what was going to happen, so very enjoyable read.

The author thanks Jojo Moyes in the afterword; Marian Keyes likes the book on amazon.co.uk. I like these two authors as they write entertainingly about topics that aren't completely trivial, but not very difficult to follow either. These authors also work humor into their books. This book is similar.

Last Night in Montreal (English Edition)
Last Night in Montreal (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 4,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Intelligent and compassionate, 7. Januar 2016
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I truly enjoyed this novel. I find Emily St. John Mandel's style both easy going and captivating. She is very smart at pacing her novel well - actually not so much that it hurts or seems almost too forced, but she will keep you flipping those pages.
I enjoyed the depth of character in this novel and the tenderness with which the author shows how childhood experiences affect adults. The characters here harm each other and care for each other, and I loved how both are often connected in this novel

Preis: EUR 2,20

5.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable, 7. Januar 2016
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Binti (Kindle Edition)
This is not the kind of literature I usually read, but for some reason I decided to buy this book.
What a pleasant surprise! I liked the character a lot and I really wanted her to make her way. For people who like battle and bloody scenes and fighting, this might not be the right kind of book.
I find this much more creative and far less destructive.
Well written, a quick read, a refreshing perspective.

Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal (English Edition)
Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 9,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Brings together a lot of psychological and medical research, 7. Januar 2016
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If you are wondering how childhood adversity affects people even many years later, this is a very important book to read.
She has brought together research from the past 30 or so years which shows just how adverse experience influence the growing brain and how that will have long lasting effects, even decades later. New findings about brain chemistry explain how this is possible.
In the second half of the book, the author presents ways to heal.
The author presents a questionnaire with which you can find out your own ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) score, and that may help you to understand possible reasons for some health problems.
I bought this book after I read an article by the author in Psychology Today. You might want to google the article to see if you want to learn more about this.
Generally very easy to read, a little lengthy at times when the author gives several examples to illustrate the same phenomenon, but I just scanned those parts and don't feel I lost out on much. In fact, these several examples offer more ways of identifying with the contents, I think.

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