søndag den 3. oktober 2010

Going Global

All the ambitious blog friends around me keep reminding me that I have a Global Reading Challenge to finish. I have read & reviewed eleven out of fourteen books, and I brought two with me to our cottage.

So right now I am in Peru in the 1950s. Seen from my Scandinavian perspective, the fifties were the quiet, cosy time that we tend to call ´the good old days´. Perhaps it was not quite like that in other parts of the world?

“The boy had been both hung and impaled on the old carob tree. His position was so absurd that he looked more like a scarecrow or a broken marionette than a corpse. Before or after they killed him, they slashed him to ribbons: his nose and mouth were split open; his face was a crazy map of dried blood, bruises, cuts, and cigarette burns.”

The book in questions is Mario Vargas Llosa´s “Who Killed Palomino Molero?”, and I think I ought to tell you that apart from the very first page, the writer does not seem to revel in graphic violence. I have read one third of the rather short novel which I plan to review in a few days.

Tomorrow´s blogpost will be about cosy mystery, though.

10 kommentarer:

Margot Kinberg sagde ...

Dorte - I look forward to your review! And this is a good reminder to me that I must complete the global challenge, too! Back to the books! ;-)

Clarissa Draper sagde ...

Sounds like a gory start but it's good that it doesn't keep at that pace the whole way. Let us know how it goes.
CD

Alexandra Crocodile sagde ...

I also look forward to your review! It sounds good so far:)

Dorte H sagde ...

Well, at least the book feels different. Let´s see how it turns out.

Kelly sagde ...

I don't think I've ever read any books set in Peru. Sounds good and I look forward to this review. (and the cozy review tomorrow!)

pattinase (abbott) sagde ...

I have meant to read one of his novels for years. I have read some of his poetry though.

pattinase (abbott) sagde ...

Nope it was a novel Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. Long ago. Can't remember if I liked it or not.

Alyce sagde ...

Good luck with the rest of the challenge!

Care sagde ...

I'm not that ambitious so if you don't feel like finishing the challenge, then so be it! hee hee. I'm at risk for not finishing this. I just can't seem to find a book set in AUstralia that I want to read.
Good luck to us both.

Dorte H sagde ...

Kelly: the Peru book was very different, but good.

Patti: I wouldn´t want to read him all the time, but the ending *did* surprise me, and there was more dark humour in it than I had seen coming.

Alyce: thank you.

Care: well, I think I am ambitious about challenges, meaning that I don´t begin more than I am certain I can finish.