I want to buy this for everyone – Morgan Mccarthy’s The House of Birds

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Oliver and Kate met officially one afternoon in Oxford when they were young, she fell off her bike and they snuck a look at Kate’s creepy aunt’s house. Oliver’s family moved to Milton Keynes before they get to say goodbye, but they meet and get together years later at a party when Kate has just inherited the house amidst some controversy. After quitting his city job that he hates Oliver goes to Oxford to do up the house and finds himself enchanted by it and the diaries he finds in the books there. These engrossing letters tell of a woman in an unhappy marriage seeking comfort at the Bodlein, and an unlikely guide. The story Oliver chases has direct impact on the present for both his life plans and the ownership of the house.

I don’t know why but I kind of put off reading this book. I can’t believe it – it’s definitely in the top books I’ve read this year! So much so that I’m skipping all the other reviews I need to write to give it a shoutout. A beautiful sense of place, compelling dual timelines, lovely sympathetic characters, opposition of old and new and overall a sense of trust. I knew very quickly that this narrator was not going to mess me around. I wasn’t going to be disappointed. I enjoyed this thoroughly!

A book in small doses – Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

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Charged with producing a definitive piece of work to capture a zeitgeist, U spends his time in the bowels of a huge company chasing red herrings down sheep paths. His anthropology interests span everything as he tries to find meaning though isn’t quite sure what it is he’s looking for. And what emerges is what we read…

This book is very clever, but not at the expense of readability. I found myself enjoying what read almost like an issue of the National Geographic plus an antagonist and a storyline attempting to draw parallels between things. And at the same time it made some interesting points about the time we live in – as well as highlighting the impossibility of doing so.