Tri-umph! Three Great Books from my TBR Pile

I’ve had the three books mentioned below on my TBR pile for a while and in a flurry of reading over the past week have finished some amazing literature. While as different from each other as it’s possible to be, these are not-to-be-missed literary masterpieces. Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Breath, by Tim Winton
Do you ever read a book and want to shout WOW during and after? That’s how I felt while reading Breath by Tim Winton. This widely acclaimed novel by one of Australia’s most awarded novelists was pure adventure. Set on the Australian coast in the early 70′s when surfing and being a hippy were still ‘far out’, this coming-of-age story follows a young boy through some of the most beautiful and exciting prose I have ever read. It is easy to see why Winton has won the Miles Franklin Award four times.

There is a dark thread that ties around the story like a foreboding bow- and in fact is what brings upon the retelling of the story. I’m not a literary critic (although I play one on the internet – hehe), but I think this thread detracted from the story. I would be interested to hear what others think about the story and if this part was needed to round the characters into humans with adventurous interests beyond the flamboyant pursuits of skiing and surfing. Don’t let this thread put you off – it is an amazing book – just take it as humble observation.


Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami is mentioned seven times in my Read, Remember, Recommend reading journal. How could it be that this is my first dance with Mr. Murakami? I have been missing out! I believe Kafka on the Shore is his most proclaimed novel and a good place to start.
I have to admit that through the first part of the book I wondered if I was missing something – maybe the novel was a little too literary and symbolic for me? I’ve tackled some tough reading before – but I was a little perplexed by this novel. It is not for the faint of heart. But, the more I persevered, the more it all made sense – or at least came together, and I’m glad I saw it to the end. It was a wild, beautiful ride – another coming-of-age novel set with mysticism, romance, intelligent friendships and heartbreak. I don’t want to mention too much more – I gave my hubby a rundown of the plot last night over dinner and he seemed a little glassy-eyed and confused after (I’m not the best story teller). So, don’t read the back of the jacket on this one – just plunge in and let me know what you think.

The Wife, by Meg Wolitzer
I have wanted to try something by Meg Wolitzer for a long time. I’ve seen her work mentioned in some heavy literary circles (she seems to run with the big dogs where literature is concerned) and have always been curious. With The Wife, I picked a great starting place – and have just ordered The Ten Year Nap by Wolitzer as well.
Wolitzer tackles some pretty worn stereotypes with The Wife (50′s wife, professor falling for a student), but don’t let this put you off – the story delves much deeper than any cliches. The magnificent prose of this novel and an inside look into a writer’s psyche are worth reading this for – with the added bonus of a strong female character who gives much for the man she loves. This would make an intriguing book club selection. Make sure to check out the reading group guide on Litlovers for The Wife if your club chooses this wonderful book.


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One Response to “Tri-umph! Three Great Books from my TBR Pile”

  1. Heather says:

    I haven’t read any of these three. I have read a book by the second author.