Here begins a monthly roundup of how I'm getting on with my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge...
"So many books, so little time"
2. Philippe Claudel (trans. Euan Cameron), Monsieur Lihn and his Child. 5/5.
daughter, a refugee in a foreign land, Monsieur Linh is in mourning. The story of his life and the reality of war is beautifully interwoven with the story of a friend he makes despite their lack of shared language. As a classic novella consisting of few characters strongly explored, I should have been expecting a twist - after all, the blurb on the back did warn me, but I certainly wasn't ready for it. I was too absorbed in the beautiful writing which completely described the feeling of grief - as well as the slow dawning of hope. Wonderful.
3. Charles Elton, Mr Toppit. 2/5.
4. Catherine Czerkawska, The Physic Garden. 4/5.