Lanys Library: What I read March 2013

by Lany


Sorry I haven’t posted in aaaages, I’ve been quite sick so have been basically been doing nothing but sleeping and taking medicine the past while!

Anyways here’s my round up of the books I read in March.

Lets start at the beginning of March and work our way through!
(I am not going to do a review in the proper sense of the word, just give you my opinion on the book and whether I think it’s worth having a read or not)

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale
A Victorian crime revisited and revaluated with some third person narrative thrown in for good measure. This book was a quick read, only taking four hours, it bustled along in its odd manner that totally captured my attention and remained enjoyable to the end. Obviously with the subject matter being murder it’s not exactly everyones cup of tea, but if you like true crime dramas and historically accurate (it’s a very well researched novel) stories then this book is for you.

The Hundred Year old Man Who Walked Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Now this book isn’t exactly historically accurate but it really is enjoyable. Ploughed through this book in about six hours as the plot is very quick moving, and very very fun! This book has a great pace, it makes you really want to know what happens/happened next, with chapters moving between the current adventure and adventures past (I found these scenes really funny at any rate, but I have an odd sense of humour so who knows!) I thoroughly recommend this book to everyone!

The Vatican Pimpernel by Brian Fleming
The sub title of this book is “The wartime exploits of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty”, and that is what this book is about, an account of an Irish priest who was stationed as a Monsignor in the Vatican during World War II. He (and his amazingly varied team) helped thousands of people escape with little to no regard for his/their own personal safety. Monsignor O’Flatherty was watched by the Gestapo and wore many disguises to help him freely walk about the city, earning him the nickname, and title of this book, the Vatican Pimpernel.
I  really liked this  study, an amazing story that was done justice by Mr. Fleming would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in history and Irish historical figures.

HHhH by Laurent Binet
A study into both the authors world and how he became interested in the Czech and Slovak men that tried to murder Heydrich in that famed assassination attempt in Prague in 1942. The book has an odd rhythm, the author interspaces historical fictional narrative with his own greek chorus like paragraphs about his struggles to write the book you’re reading. These interruptions make both compelling reading and also made me hate the author just a bit. Even though I didn’t really like his self-congratulatory attitude, I did find his asides interesting and appreciate how much work went into the creation of the book. That minor complaint aside, I really did like the novel/historical study/historical fiction (I’m not sure what to classify it as!) it was a highly entertaining read at any rate!

The Emperor Of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
This was a book I was was both looking forward to and yet was dreading reading. The book deals with the “biography of cancer”, the author is a doctor who wrote this book as a kind of answer to a patients question “what exactly am I fighting?”. I thought it would be very depressing and full of technical jargon,but i was wrong; this book was surprisingly easy to read. It was very compelling, very interesting and above all uplifting. He covers the definition of cancer, the historical evidence of cancer, treatments, cures, preventions, group studies, individual patients stories and many many many other parts of cancers “story”. It’s hard to look back at this book without just wanting to shove a copy into your hands and telling you to read it for yourself, it’s just a brilliant eye opening, super fascinating and poignant read. Just do yourself a favour and go get this book, it’s well worth it.

Not a dud amongst them, all in all great entertainment value from March!
Have you read these books, what did you think of them? Have you any recommendations?

Hope you all stay well, and have a great April!