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historical fiction

Birdsong (by Sebastian Faulks)

Sebastian Faulks is a British best-selling novelist here in the UK and this is the first book, written by him, that I read. It’s a powerful story of love and war. The part about love was very sensual and intense. The part about war showed the horrors in detail and in a realistic manner, so much so that I could identify with the human despair. The writing style was so descriptive that I felt like I was watching a film. It triggered many strong emotions… Read More »Birdsong (by Sebastian Faulks)

Journey by Moonlight

Journey by Moonlight (by Antal Szerb)

This book is special to me, just knowing that I was going to read it at the end of my day made my day happy. A classic of Hungarian literature (Utas és Holdvilág), it was written by Antal Szerb, one of the major Hungarian writers of the 20th century. His works have been translated into many languages. Because of his Jewish background, he faced strong hostility and persecution, until he was atrociously beaten to death by the guards of a concentration camp in 1945, at… Read More »Journey by Moonlight (by Antal Szerb)

The Women of Brewster Place

The Women of Brewster Place (by Gloria Naylor)

I wish I had read the content warnings first: rape, homophobia (strong graphic content), child death, alcoholism, physical abuse and some other bad and heavy stuff that I don’t like to read. I was tempted to not finish it on many occasions, and I did find myself skimming a bit because the writing wasn’t capturing my attention. I could follow it, but I just couldn’t connect to the story. I know this book is considered a classic but unfortunately it didn’t work for me. I’m… Read More »The Women of Brewster Place (by Gloria Naylor)

The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

An impressive and smart novel, it made me feel like it was a memoir of a real person. Very easy to read, I couldn’t wait to finish the book but at the same time, I didn’t want it to finish. I was so emotionally invested in the characters that I felt I cared for them and I even cried hard at one point. It covers important topics such as sexuality and sexism; also female inner power and the power of love, which is never wrong,… Read More »The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo