Sample Saturday – geese, a mischief-maker, and a drummer


Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker (also published as Ten White Geese)

Why I have it: No idea.

Summary: A Dutch woman goes into hiding on a remote farm in Wales. When she arrives, there are ten geese but one by one they die. Why?

I’m thinking: No. It’s all over the shop – perhaps that’s the poetic element reviewers raved about but it’s not for me.

Harriet Said by Beryl Bainbridge

Why I have it: Because Cleo said it was one of the darkest books she’s read.

Summary: Two girls – one the ring-leader, one the faithful servant – make a great deal of trouble for a man living in their town.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Checker and the Derailleurs by Lionel Shriver

Why I have it: Thought I would check out Shriver’s complete back-collection after reading Double Fault.

Summary: One drummer, Checker, is gifted and original. Another drummer, Eaton, is diligent but not gifted. He’s also envious. Did I mention there’s a band? Gets ugly.

I’m thinking: Maybe. It didn’t pull me in from the outset so will be further down my Shriver-to-be-read-list.

9 responses

  1. I’ve read Bainbridge’s “Master Georgie”, a Booker Prize Nominee. She danced on the dark side, for sure…even in her personal life, where death apparently was a fascination; she collected murder trial records and books on forensic medicine.

    Though primarily a novelist, Bainbridge was quoted: “I have never really written fiction; what would be the point? What is more peculiar, more riveting, devious and horrific than real life?”. I tend to agree with her.

    • The opening chapters were certainly written with an edge – looking forward to the whole story (and will know wonder where she got the idea while reading!).

  2. Shriver’s a bit hit and miss for me though not read this one. And while haven’t read this specific Bainbridge either, I read several a couple of years back when there was a Beryl Bainbridge Week somewhere. Loved each one – dark and with a spiky edge but also very witty in places.

    • Must admit, I’m a bit of a Shriver fan – Kevin remains one of the most incredible reading experiences I’ve had (a roller-coaster). I loved Post-Birthday World and BIg, and I’m looking forward to her new one coming out later this year.

      Certainly going to give Bainbridge a try – not a genre I usually go for but when it’s ‘thriller with a literary edge’ (as her work seems to be), I’m there.

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