I’m making an attempt to read at least one book per month from my TBR pile, which keeps growing, like an alien fungus, in the recesses of my cupboard. I hide my book stash in there, because I’m embarrassed to own up to the number of books I have bought (no wonder I’m always broke) and the number of books I haven’t yet read.  Anyway, here are a couple of reviews generated from my recent foray into the depths of the cupboard:

THE JOB …by Irene  Dischke  : a short little book,  (151 pages ) a curious story about a Kurdish assassin contracted to kill the family of a Turkish businessman living in New York City.  A brilliant portrait of a vain and egotistical man; back in Istanbul he owns 32 pairs of shoes, and – the hitman   –  he’s quite a dandy, preoccupied with growing his moustache in specific styles and shapes; back in Istanbul he wears bespoke suits. Gradually he morphs into someone else entirely by the end of the tale. Certainly not r.o.t.m.*; an unusual story of a hit gone wrong –  depending on your perspective.  Great insight into the psychology of Kurdish men. Based on this book, I hope I never meet one.

*r.o.t.m. = run of the mill


THE LAST SONG OF DUSK – Siddharth  Dhanvant Shangvi.  I bought this book on a closing down sale when Bargain Books Parklands moved their store – I can’t resist a bargain, and I enjoy Indian novels. The blurb on the back cover was wildly over-stated – no way can this debut novel be compared to Salman Rushdie, Kiran Desai or Hari Kunzru’s respective debuts. It’s uneven, swerving between breathless purple passages to a cosmically flavoured ending, which is so different in tone and language that I wonder if his editor (or a ghost writer) wrote it? The book won the 2004 Betty Trask Prize. All I can say is if this novel won the prize, then I’m glad I didn’t  have to read the rest of the entries !

Ah well, you win some, and you lose some. As you can see, my TBR pile is full of surprises. Watch this space.


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  1. I have to rehabilitate the Kurds here. We had two Iraqi Kurds as students at Sussex and they were a delight. Another of our graduates, military man, is currently advisor to the Kurdistan Interior Minister and works in Erbil. Turkish Kurds may be different: they’ve suffered at the hands of the Turks for a long time and this may, in part, account for the way they are.

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  2. I am most definitely watching this space, Alison! More please. By the way, on the subject of books, when our boat went down she took with her the 30 favourite books I had chosen to take with me on our fateful voyage. I am gradually replacing them from Amazon. Yesterday one of my longlost ‘friends’ arrived: The Image Men by J B Priestly. Amazing how happy this has made me!

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  3. You have a to-be-read pile, I have to-be-read *shelves* and *boxes*, Alison… Daunting prospects. Well done on reading two of yours! 🙂


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