Masterpiece
*****
Excellent
**** 1/2
Very good
****
Good
**** 1/2
Just okay
***
Not for me
**
Definitely not for me
*

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things
by Arundhati Roy

1997, 321 pp.

Booker Prize

Rating: 3.5

I finished this book two days ago, and I still don’t know how I feel about it. Loved some of it, hated some of it, and was confused by the ending (particularly the second to last chapter; did they ?). I am reading this with my Book Awards group in September, and I have many things I’d like to talk about and discuss with them first before I write any kind of formal review.

I guess I will write one later. Lay Ter. (If you’ve read this book, you know what this means!)

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

The Blind Assassin
by Margaret Atwood

2000, 521 pp.

Booker Prize

Rating: 3.5

I was disappointed in this book. I expected great things after loving The Handmaid’s Tale earlier in the year. I was especially disappointed as it was over 500 pages; it could have easily lost about 100 pages of detail. I guess that’s my main gripe about it. It just seemed too detailed for me. Also I correctly predicted almost all that happened. Long, too detailed, and too predictable. But still, Atwood does know how to turn a phrase, and that is why it still gets a 3.5 star rating.

Books Read in July 2007

47. The Sea** by John Banville (2005,195 pp, Booker)
48. The Door in the Wall**** by Marguerite de Angeli (1949, 121 pp, Newbery)
49. Gathering Blue****1/2 by Lois Lowry (2000, 215 pp.)
50. Messenger**** by Lois Lowry (2000, 169 pp.)
51. The White Stag**** by Kate Seredy (1937, 94 pp.)
52. Stardust**** by Neil Gaiman (1999, 248 pp.)
53. The Higher Power of Lucky**** by Susan Patron (2006, 134 pp, Newbery)
54. The Blind Assassin ***1/2 by Margaret Atwood (2000, 521 pp, Booker)
55. The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books by J. Peder Zane***1/2 (2007, 333 pp.)
56. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (1997, 321 pp.)

Pages read in July: 2351
Pages read in 2007: 15,824

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