Friday, February 8, 2008

Two British Books

The Guardian recently posted reviews about two books coming out by British publishers that sound fascinating (and make me curse the cost of shipping a book across the Atlantic Ocean).

We Are Now Beginning Our Descent by James Meek is about romance among foreign correspondents in Afghanistan. You get action, world politics, romance, and complexity in one solid book. My favorite quotation from the review: "Meek has a feel for the atmosphere of those years at the turn of the century, when the British and American and Australian publics regained for a period the taste for foreign warfare that they had lost in the 1890s."

Out of Breath by Julie Myerson sounds like a savage novel that spares very little in terms of emotional gut-wrenching. An abused boy sees a feral child appear in the garden behind his house. Only at the end of the novel does the reader find out the extent of the abuse the boy suffers and whether or not this feral child is real or imagined. Intense.

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