Review: The Secret History

An example of pretentious and self-gratifying writing…

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The Secret History
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

A stressful book about a group of selfish, self-pitying, drug infested, alcoholic student murderers who are mostly rich, lazy and arrogant. The characters were repelling, don’t garner any sympathy and the book was a pointless waste of time and paper. It was a relief to finish it. I’m scared to try this author’s Goldfinch book which was on my ‘To Read’ list…

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Review: The Winter Crown

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The Winter Crown
The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the trilogy of Eleanor of Aquitaine and her horrible and turbulent marriage to Henry II. He forces her to have 7 children (not counting the miscarriages), steals her lands and parades his mistresses under he nose. Meanwhile he gives the order to kill the archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, making the latter a martyr and focus of pilgrimages. The sons grow up and rebel against their controlling and tyrannical father and he scapegoats Eleanor for that and imprisons her for a couple of decades in a lonely tower in a bleak and windy landscape, till he dies and the sons gain the throne and release her. This story reads like a fairytale, but it’s actual history.

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The third year of writing group, Starbucks gave to me…a plastic reusable cup!

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The third year of writing group, Starbucks gave to me…a plastic reusable cup, but no partridge in a pear tree, or diamond rings…. :-I

At least I got a free drink too. 🙂

Apparently using the reusable cup gives 25p off a drink. This is good, but that means I have to carry around a plastic cup and clean it myself before putting it back in my bag. I thought I might get a more practical thermos cup, but I must curb my expectations, as the cup looks just like the paper ones and requires a card belly band to prevent my hand from burning. Well, it’s better than nothing after three years of regular custom!

17 people turned up and I brought chocolate cookies, crystallised peppermints and there were fries and nuts for the group courtesy of two members. We had a great time! I left FOUR hours later. 😮

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Review: The Joy Luck Club

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The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are four Mahjong players around the table. All of them first generation immigrant Chinese mothers. This book is a compilation of their stories, the stories of their respective American-born daughters and the complicated relationships and culture clashes they have. A great read.

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