Middlesex, Oranges, Mockingbirds And A Thousand Suns

It’s been a while since I last wrote about books that I read and liked, even thought I’ve been reading a lot of books as usual.

So, I thought I’d just do a round-up of the most interesting novels I’ve read recently, that I recommend to everyone (in no particular order).

Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides)
“I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.”
Those are the opening lines for this great book, and just reading them I was hooked. It tells the story of of Cal Stephanides, and how this 41-year-old hermaphrodite was raised as a girl called Calliope. Very worth the read.

The Orange Girl (Jostein Gaarder)
A lovely read, very interestingly written, and a bit philosophical in nature.
It tells the story of a deceased father through a letter he left his son, and that was discovered 11 years after his death. It’s a romantic and humorous story, that also tackles some deeper thoughts, concluding with a very interesting question the father, knowing he was about to die, asked himself, and is in turn asking his son to consider.

To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
A classic I only got to read recently, and now I understand why it has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, served as the basis of an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century.
A gripping coming-of-age tale in the American South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father — a crusading local lawyer — risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini)
A great follow-up to his debut “The Kite Runner”, this book is yet another epic describing the turmoil in Afghanistan.
The story covers three decades of anti-Soviet jihad, civil war and Taliban tyranny through the lives of two women.
A really great and touching read.

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