Anthony horton

Places: Travelling To Past Lives,  To India And The Multi-Generational Experiences Of Family And Into The History Of The Civil War.

I always look forward to the holidays.  Not only is it a time to celebrate family and friends but also to ponder the previous year and consider what a fresh New Year will bring.

And, of course, getting some down-time to do some extra reading over-and-above my nightly chapter or two is a welcome part as well!

Fortunately, I read three terrific novels as 2023 wound down and I thought I would share some brief thoughts on them:

The Gargoyle” by Andrew Davidson: This novel is a captivating blend of fantasy and reality. It revolves around a severely burned protagonist who meets a mysterious woman claiming they were lovers in medieval Germany. The narrative weaves through time, exploring themes of redemption, love, and the transformative power of storytelling. The story is rich with detailed descriptions of medieval life, the art of sculpting gargoyles, and the protagonist’s grueling recovery process.

The Covenant of Water” by Abraham Verghese: This sprawling novel spans a century in India, offering a rich tapestry of history and culture. It’s characterized by Verghese’s signature literary style, replete with metaphor and nuanced storytelling. The story delves into complex themes such as family legacy, the struggles of modernity versus tradition, and the profound impact of water on the lives of the characters. It’s a deeply layered narrative that invites readers into a vividly portrayed world, challenging them with its length but rewarding them with its depth and intricacy.

The General and Julia” by Jon Clinch appears to be a compelling piece of historical fiction. This novel provides an in-depth examination of the life of Ulysses S. Grant, focusing on his family connections and the early stages of his marriage. What sets this book apart is its realistic portrayal of the complexities, contradictions, and injustices of slavery in the United States. Clinch’s writing brings a unique perspective to Grant’s character, exploring his personal and professional life against the backdrop of a turbulent era in American history. The novel’s blend of factual historical details with the intricacies of Grant’s personal life makes it an entertaining yet insightful read, offering a fresh look at a well-known historical figure and the societal issues of his time.

First novel of 2024 is The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.  In 2023, I read Birnam Wood and enjoyed it.  I realized that while I had heard a lot of great reviews of The Luminaries, I have never actually gotten around to reading it.   Just started and already glad I picked this one up to kick off my reading list for 2024!

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