Elisabeth Gilbert: Stern Men

gilbertBefore I set off for Croatia and then Drummond Island, I’d like to leave you with another reading tip. “Stern Men” is a first novel by Elisabeth Gilbert. Her heroine is an independent, smart and plucky 19 year-old girl called Ruth who fritters away the summer on a remote island populated by oddball lobstermen who are feuding with the lobstermen on a second island. Ruth is back after four years of boarding school, and in fact the island of her childhood is too small for her. She needs a job, and a lover would be nice, too. Continue reading Elisabeth Gilbert: Stern Men

Khaled Hosseini: A Thousand Splendid Suns

a-thousand-splendid-sunsWhen I first opened this book and started reading in the middle, there was so much brutality that I thought, no, there is no way I’m going to read this. But then I started properly at the beginning, and I fell in love with it from page to page. It’s this marvellous type of book that’s like a dream and pulls you in, because it’s got this old way of storytelling that comes from the Orient, you know: that old tradition that had Scheherazade telling stories that kept her king interested and her alive for the 1001 nights.

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Blue Ocean

blue-ocean-coverA few weeks ago when we were discussing destructive alpha male strategies, Dung recommended a business bestseller to me, entitled “Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant”

I have only read the reviews so far, but her tip is interesting enough to recommend the book here. Continue reading Blue Ocean

Margaret Atwood: Moral Disorder

atwood-md-bookcoverSince it’s summertime, I thought maybe you’re looking for something to read. I’m going to read you a selection from a book that I’ve been reading and thought might help you make a choice on your summer reading list. So here is my tip no. 1:

Listen to an excerpt of the first story in Moral Disorder, “The Bad News” Continue reading Margaret Atwood: Moral Disorder

Zoning in

Christmas is a great time for reading. Thanks to Fabian for passing on John Coetzee’s “Diary of a Bad Year” to me. He found the book hard to read because it’s written as a journal kept by three different people in parallel, so each page is divided into separate sections and voices that continue through the book and make the reader jump from one perspective to another. Continue reading Zoning in