Reflections on the years 2008 – 2000

Well it took me nearly a year but i’ve gone through all the books listed throughout the years 2000 to 2008 and it was quite an experience.  I only read a grand total of  15 so I was exposed to lots of new authors and writing styles. Also it was the first time I’ve seriously read works which were translated, although I admit I didn’t like a good number of them. Anyway here are some of the themes that were common in this batch.

The twin towers disaster and general destruction of the world

Politics – especially countries run by dictators

The second World War, particularly the holocaust – probably this was one of the most prominent themes.

I also have to say with some exception I wasn’t particularly keen on the majority of the thicker books.

some quick reflections :

Books I liked the most : Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore, Roberto Bolano’s 2666 and Mosin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

Books I disliked : Dan Sleigh’s Islands , Colm Toibin’s The Master, Frank Schatzing’s The Swarm and W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz.

Most pleasant surprise ” Ali Smith’ The Accidental