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”The curious incident of the dog in the night-time” by Mark Haddon is a unique book. The narrator is a fifteen year old boy who is autistic. He likes math and science and always tells the truth. He doesn’t like to be touched, doesn’t eat yellow or brown food and finds other people confusing. It was very interesting to see the world through his eyes, how he has to learn what comes quite naturally to others, that people use sarcasm and irony, that they sometimes lie. He studies certain phrases which he considers peculiar as they have double meaning.

One day Christopher discovers a dead dog in his neighbour yard and is accused of killing him. The situation he has find himself in worsens when he is being questioned at the scene by a police officer. He does his best to cooperate but the answers he gives are so literal to the questions asked, that it makes him look suspicious and aggravates the officer, who decides to pull him up from the ground and drive him to the station. Christopher gets upset at the number of questions that has been thrown at him in a quick succession followed by the unwelcome grasp of his hand and hits the policeman. He gets arrested for assault. When his dad comes to the rescue and advises him to say that he didn’t mean to hit the police officer, he says that he meant it but saves himself out of the difficult situation when finally admits that he didn’t meant to hurt him, that he hit him to make him stop touching him.

The boy decides to play Sherlock Holmes to find out who has killed the dog, he wants to write a murder mystery novel. In his investigation he comes across more than he was expected to find. He finds letters hidden in his fathers room, that his mother has been sending him throughout the years, the mother who he thought died of a heart attack. From the letters he learns that she has left them because she didn’t have as much patience as his dad, but that she still loved him very much. Christopher gets angry at his father for lying to him and decides to go to see his mother at the address on the letters and leaves the house to travel by himself in her search.

Will he be able to forgive his mother for abandoning him? Will his father be able to convince him that he lied out of love to save the boys feelings, when in his son’s world everything is black and white and a lie is simply always wrong. You will find that there is a lot of humour in the book, it will make you smile or even laugh, but it is also loaded with some heavy questions that live brings. I found the book one of a kind and I am granting it 4 nicubunu-Toy-car-300px nicubunu-Toy-car-300px nicubunu-Toy-car-300px nicubunu-Toy-car-300px red cars, dogs or rain drops.

Red cars, dogs or rain drops rating

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nicubunu-Toy-car-300px nicubunu-Toy-car-300px nicubunu-Toy-car-300px nicubunu-Toy-car-300px – charmed

nicubunu-Toy-car-300px nicubunu-Toy-car-300px nicubunu-Toy-car-300px – good read

nicubunu-Toy-car-300px nicubunu-Toy-car-300px – disappointed, I thought it was going to be better

nicubunu-Toy-car-300px – don’t waste your time

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The Bloomsday

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The Bloomsday is celebrated annually on the 16th June, as Thursday 16 June 1904 was a date when James Joyce’s Ulysses was set. It is named after the protagonist Leopold Bloom. Hard to imagine, such a thick book for just one day, huh? Have you read Ulysses yet? I have started a long time ago, but I was pretty young back then, so may give it another go one day. I read and enjoyed the Dubliners by the same author, if you are up for the taste of Joyce but wish to start with something easier to read than Ulysses.

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If you wish to join the celebration, put on a straw hat and dress up in clothes from the era and go to Dublin for various book reading, performances and to visit places described in the book, some even have a full Irish breakfast at the James Joyce Centre on the morning of that day with the usual ingredients, like sausage, fried egg, pudding, mushrooms etc but also accompanied with liver and kidneys as this is something that Leopold Bloom had for his brekkie.

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The Bloomsday dates back as far as 1922 when Ulysses was published for the first time but only amongst James Joyce’s circle of friends. First proper celebration in Ireland took place in 1954. Nowadays the celebration has spread around the world.

If you would like to see in detail what had been planned for the celebrations this year,

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http://jamesjoyce.ie/bloomsday/

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Hope you enjoyed the Bloomsday.

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“Hi Aneta,

Thank you for reviewing The Twins on your blog. I’m very happy that you enjoyed it!

best wishes

Saskia

Saskia Sarginson”

The Twins by Saskia Sarginson was a frighteningly good read. Viola and Isolte are twin sisters who live with their hippie mother in a cottage near the forest after she got fed up with living in a commune in Welsh and they moved to their own house. They are very close to the nature, their forge plants in the forest with their mother, who also makes their own clothes sometimes and walks barefoot. She loves her children but tends to drink to much and lets the girls run wild. The twins feel as a whole when they are together, separately they feel as if they were incomplete, so they keep close whenever and wherever they go, pitying others who don’t have a twin to accompany them. On one of their adventures through the forests and local villages they are surprised to stumble upon another set of twins, John and Michael and naturally so, all four quickly become play mates.

However with the passage of time, the twins grow apart. Isolte writes about fashion in London and is rather successful but Viola doesn’t seem to be able to fit into the city life and is struggling in the adulthood in general. Viola is slowly starving herself to the point where she needs hospitalisation. The twins don’t discuss their childhood anymore, and have not been back to the place where they grew up ever since they left. Viola sometimes writes to one of the twin boys but has never had the courage to actually send any of her letters. One day she asks her sister Isolte to travel back to the village and find out what has happened to the twin boys, desperately needing some sort of a closure with the past. Her sister at first refuses but then realises sadly, that it may be her sister’s last wish if she doesn’t get better, and reluctantly agrees to go. Viola sees that her sister’s happiness is only superficial and knows that she needs the closure as much as she herself does, and is glad that Isolte has agreed to go.

If you want to find out what events split the inseparable twins, stained their happy and innocent childhood memories and made them never want to come back to where they grew up, then pick up the book. You will see the story through Viola’s eyes, how her memories slowly unravel events from the past. You will also realise that the two sisters, despite looking so much alike, have in fact very different personalities, how they clinged to each other in young age and how their differences separated them later in life. I thought it was a read worth four gingercoons-Lop-eared-rabbit-300px gingercoons-Lop-eared-rabbit-300px gingercoons-Lop-eared-rabbit-300px gingercoons-Lop-eared-rabbit-300pxrabbits, frogs or flies.

Rabbits, frogs or flies rating 

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gingercoons-Lop-eared-rabbit-300px gingercoons-Lop-eared-rabbit-300px gingercoons-Lop-eared-rabbit-300px – good read

gingercoons-Lop-eared-rabbit-300px gingercoons-Lop-eared-rabbit-300px – disappointed, I thought it was going to be better

gingercoons-Lop-eared-rabbit-300px – don’t waste your time

One way ticket

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”The Journey’‘ by Josephine Cox is a Lucy Baker’s journey through life. Benjamin Morris meets elderly Lucy and her daughter Mary in a graveyard, when he rushes to Lucy’s rescue after she falls. He comes to their impressive Edwardian house later to return a lost handbag. He is intrigued by the inscription on Barney Davidson’s stone that the two women frequently visit, which reads ”A man of courage. He made the greatest sacrifice of all.” Lucy welcomes the gentleman into the house when he comes to return the handbag, but is she ready to reveal to him what is behind the curious inscription? Story for story, Mary and Lucy get to know Ben, a hardworking and divorced farmer. He earns their trust and gradually learns Lucy’s life story.

Lucy’s life events are the core of the book. In her tale, she goes back to when she was a young girl, fell for a questionable character Edward Trent, got pregnant and was left ball alone in the world. Abandoned by Edward, she found refuge at Bridget’s, who run a house with ladies who ”entertain”. Lucy cleaned and cooked in return for the shelter. One day Edward came back. Lucy hoped things would get better for her, that he would now look after her and their son Jamie, but Trent dreaded the thought of being a father, pushed her when they argued and left her unconscious in a field. A local farmer Barney found her and brought her to his cottage where she stayed to recover and befriended his wife and their children. The Davidson’s family suggested that their farm would be a much better place for her and for Jamie to grow up than the Bridget’s house, and offered her a job at the farm.

Now old, wrinkled and weak Lucy clutches a letter to her chest, it is from the Davidson’s kids, from America, all grown ups now, who wrote to tell her how much they despised her and their father and that she has ruined their lives. Lucy’s heart aches for them, she has information that would clear their fathers name but she has promised him to keep it a secret, the one that explains Barney’s great sacrifice.

If you are curious and would like to know what the sacrifice was, I invite you to read the book that brings a rich story, full of events, one of those books that describe ones’ whole life. I enjoyed it and think it is worth 3 food-strawberry-300px.png food-strawberry-300px.png food-strawberry-300px.png strawberries, cherries or gooseberries.

Strawberries, cherries or gooseberries rating

food-strawberry-300px.pngfood-strawberry-300px.pngfood-strawberry-300px.pngfood-strawberry-300px.pngfood-strawberry-300px.png– one of the best books I read

food-strawberry-300px.pngfood-strawberry-300px.pngfood-strawberry-300px.pngfood-strawberry-300px.png – charmed

food-strawberry-300px.pngfood-strawberry-300px.pngfood-strawberry-300px.png – good read

food-strawberry-300px.pngfood-strawberry-300px.png – disappointed, I thought it was going to be better

food-strawberry-300px.png – don’t waste your time