It has been a while since we could present new books in English. For this I mostly blame our new, time consuming, not so cooperative library system, Alma. Now, having tackled Ms. Alma to a degree where I can catalogue books in a simple way (or persuade my kind and more excelled colleagues to do it), I have no further excuses. Please welcome our six, new books and enjoy!
If the books are on loan, please log on to Oria and order. Ms. Alma gives you automatic renewals of your loans, and the books will be out of the library until someone orders them!
The Sunlit Night, «A love story at the top of the world»
From Huffington Post’s «18 Brilliant Books You Won’t Want To Miss This summer»: «Written while Dinerstein secluded herself on an island in the Norwegian Sea, where the sun never sets for months at a time, this debut choreographs the meeting of two lost souls in the desolate, sunlit landscape of the Far North. Dinerstein has previously published a collection of English-Norwegian poems, suggesting she may bring the lyrical delicacy and cultural understanding needed to make this story sing.»
After reading several great reviews for Kleeman’s You too Can Have A Body Like Mine, I still had problems grasping what it’s actually about. I therefore went to Amazon’s customer reviews, where I picked up this line:
Bizarre, surreal satire that’s unsettling from beginning to end.
Well, that was understandable. The reader then continues: …»The narrator of the story – known only as A – begins to notice strange things happening around her. Her roommate is gradually trying to absorb her identity, her boyfriend suddenly disappears and her neighbors abandon their home to join a mysterious new cult. There’s more to the plot than that, but any attempt to explain it here just wouldn’t make any sense whatsoever. Trust me.
I truly enjoyed immersing myself in A’s peculiar world, as uncomfortable as it was at times. It’s not easy to create a successful satire – especially in today’s world when it all seems to have already been done before – but Kleeman has risen to the challenge with an imaginative novel about an alienated young woman struggling to find herself. There are many pertinent themes throughout, but above all is the concept of hunger and consumption in various forms: spiritual, emotional and physical.»
Well, who can resist such a book? It’s just begging to be read! The same goes for Amélie Nothomb’s international bestseller Fear and Trembling, recommended to me from one of BI Library’s clever student assistants:
According to ancient Japanese protocol, foreigners deigning to approach the emperor did so only with fear and trembling. Terror and self-abasement conveyed respect. Amélie, our well-intentioned and eager young Western heroine, goes to Japan to spend a year working at the Yumimoto Corporation. Returning to the land where she was born is the fulfillment of a dream for Amélie; working there turns into comic nightmare.
Alternately disturbing and hilarious, unbelievable and shatteringly convincing, Fear and Trembling will keep readers clutching tight to the pages of this taut little novel, caught up in the throes of fear, trembling, and, ultimately, delight.
Highly awarded author Ali Smith’s new novel does not disappoint.
Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith’s novels are like nothing else. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, How to be both is a novel all about art’s versatility. It’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real—and all life’s givens get given a second chance.
We have three books by Ali Smith.
Everything is connected in David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas.
Six interlocking lives – one amazing adventure. In a narrative that circles the globe and reaches from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of time, genre and language to offer an enthralling vision of humanity’s will to power and where it will lead us.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Winner of the Richard & Judy best read of the year
If you like epic and entertaining stories, Lucinda Riley’s well-researched The Seven Sisters series might be something for you.
Seven baby girls are adopted from all over the world by the same man, their Pa Salt. They grow up in a protected environment in Switzerland. When Pa Salt dies, the adoptive sisters receive tantalizing clues to their distinct heritages.
The second part, The Storm sister is about Ally, who soon finds herself in Norway where she begins to make sense of her elusive past. The first part is simply called The Seven Sisters , and is Maia, the eldest sister’s story.
The library have, and also recommend other books by author Lucinda Riley.