Sample Saturday – letters, lobsters, and love

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 Absolutist by John Boyne

Why I have it: Because I loved The Heart’s Invisible Furies (and Striped Pajamas) and now I’ll probably have a Boyne binge.

Summary: 1919 – Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War. But there’s more to his visit than the letters.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace

Why I have it: No idea.

Summary: Essays about everything from whether lobsters feel pain and the wars between dictionary writers to the adult video ‘Academy Awards’ and the three-ring circus of a vicious presidential race.

I’m thinking: No.

Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary

Why I have it: Spotted on Reading Matters.

Summary: High-school student Sonny works with his father in the garden of a large house on Montpelier Parade. He meets Vera, the sort of person who seems destined to remain forever out of his reach.

I’m thinking: Yes.

7 responses

  1. The Absolutist is the backlist Boyne I’m most interested in. I actually loved Consider the Lobster; I’ve not read any of DFW’s fiction, but his essays are brilliant, especially the title one on animal pain and consciousness.

  2. I’m a huge reader of WWII and The Absolutist has been on my TBR for an embarrassingly long time. That David Foster Wallace book sounds bizarre. I tried Infinite Jest once (didn’t make it through, shocker) and oddly haven’t had the desire to pick up anything else of his. haha

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