Monday, 24 May 2010

My Very Short Book Reviews 1

Follow The Toff by John Creasey
The Toff is trailed into the Louvre by a classic English beauty, leading to some more classic adventures. Paris setting, urbane, absorbing.

Aground by Charles Williams
A thirtyish blonde, lame hero; yachts; Miami; villain with telescopic sights on his rifle. Smoothly written, plentiful action.

Men and Angels by Robin White
Set in India, where Mr. White was born and bred, this tells of a young American's search for the secret of his Missionary father's death and last days; exquisite writing.

Sabishisa by Ethel Mannin

Derived from personal experience of Japan and the agony that comes from any attempt to reconcile Eastern and Western values, this is the story of the efffect of an English couple on a Japanese family; professional writing and exciting atmosphere.

New Years Eve by Michael Cornish
Set among the bed-sit population, this tale revolves round the question of loyalty to one's boss and to oneself.

Latitudes of Love by Thomas Doremus
Hector, the hero, is an amoral version of Holden Caulfield caught in an exotic and alien world; subtle and fascinating.

Watching Out For Dulie by David Westheimer
Hilarious novel about a T.V. promotion spree for a new serial remotely based on Ivanhoe; I strongly recommend it for a good pick-me-up.

A Delivery of Furies by Victor Canning
Splendid thriller set in South America; exciting plot plus real-life characters and a strong human element; to be devoured at a sitting.

A Private View by Joyce Howard
The story of one man's life, revealed as he looks back down the years from his last refuge in an Old Folk's Home; sensitive and vigorous.

Experience by Albert Palle
A curious work like a highly associative dream-cum-hallucination; the 'story', where this can be disentangled from reminiscence and evocative images, concerns a crime reporter and his photographer.