Beach Reading 2012 Part 2 Reviews

by A Latter-day Bluestocking

All of the these books share a common trait:  they are unputdownable!

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

A charming story.  What a wonderful narrative about women coming together and supporting one another.  A strong character-based story with civil rights strife as its background.  Very strong and inspirational.  I miss the Pink House and the bees.

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Shares the enigmatic atmosphere of Henry James’s Turning of the Screw, one is never sure if its malevolent spirits or madness responsible for the goings-on at the dilapidated mansion, Hundreds Hall.  Frightening either way.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

It may not change your life or convince you of the presence of god but this story will move you if only for the sheer beauty of the storytelling and the presentation of fortitude in the face of death.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  Not surprising that it won the Man Booker Prize.

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel

Like reading a Frida Kahlo painting!  It was magical.  The Mexican culture with its intermingling of cultures, the pre-Columbian indigenous people with the Spanish colonists, influences their storytelling.  It is vibrant, passionate, and dreamlike.  A lovely quick read.

Sharpe’s Fortress by Bernard Cornwell

Cornwell does it again!  By far, one of the best historical fiction writers out there.  Richard Sharpe is a well-rounded character set amongst a colorful and vivid historical backdrop.  Cornwell certainly does his homework.