Sample Saturday – a marriage, a dachshund, and a friendship


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.

Conrad & Eleanor by Jane Rogers

Why I have it: included in Susan’s favourite books of 2016.

Summary: Conrad fails to return from a conference. Eleanor wonders if it is because of the affair she is having? Or because she’s more successful than him? Or because he’s discovered the paternity of their daughter?

I’m thinking: Yes.

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Why I have it: included in Deb’s favourite books of 2016.

Summary: The story of a man and his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.

I’m thinking: Yes – I don’t normally do magic realism but his is charming. And we all know what happens in dog stories but it’s still a yes.

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

Why I have it: I always enjoy Tremain’s stories.

Summary: Gustav Perle’s childhood is spent in lonely isolation until he meets Anton Zwiebel. Their friendship begins to define Gustav’s life.

I’m thinking: Yes.




11 responses

    • I’m fairly sure my enjoyment of magic realism is extremely limited however the first chapter was funny – what remains to be seen is if it’s funny after 300 pages!

  1. Lily and the Octopus is fun (albeit sort of depressing… but in a fun way…). I suggested it to my students last semester and several of them read it. It was interesting listening them discuss the magical realism elements, that’s for sure!

  2. Oh glad I tempted you re Lily & the Octopus. It took me a while to get my head around the talking dog (not to mention the octopus) but it was / is beautifully written and I loved the banter between the characters.

  3. I’ve heard Lily and the Octopus is lovely yet heartbreaking. I wasn’t aware that it had a touch of magical realism. I’m a sucker for magical realism… may need to check this out now. 🙂

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