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Jessie Burton: The Confession

Since overhearing her and Deborah’s conversation on the night of the pizza, I had become hungrier for more clues about my mother, yet simultaneously more fearful of what I might discover. So far, Connie had proven prickly when questioned about her life, and only liked to talk about things when she could control the information […]

Kirjaluotsi Burton Jessie, Iso-Britannia, Picador, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 15/12/2019 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Elizabeth Strout: Olive, Again

It came to her then with a horrible whoosh of the crescendo of truth: She had failed on a colossal level. She must have been failing for years and not realized it. She did not have a family as other people did. Other people had their children come and stay and they talked and laughed […]

Kirjaluotsi Random House, Strout Elizabeth, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 09/12/2019 2 kommenttia 7 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Dolores Redondo: La cara norte del corazón

Cuando Amaia Salazar tenía doce años estuvo perdida en el bosque durante dieciséis horas. Era de madrugada cuando la encontraron a treinta kilómetros al norte del lugar donde se había despistado de la senda. Desvanecida bajo la intensa lluvia, la ropa ennegrecida y chamuscada como la de una bruja medieval rescatada de una hoguera y, […]

Kirjaluotsi Ediciones Destino, Espanja, Redondo Dolores, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 03/12/2019 4 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Victoria Aveyard: Red Queen

My hands clench, and I wish for the lightning again, but it doesn’t come. She knows what I’m doing and laughs openly. Stars explode behind my eyes, clouding my vision, but I hear her go in a swirl of rustling silk. My sight returns just in time to see her dress disappear around a corner, […]

Kirjaluotsi Aveyard Victoria, HarperTeen, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 10/11/2019 0 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Jokha Alharthi: Celestial Bodies

Khawla talked and talked. She would never stop talking, she said to her father, the way Maya had stopped talking when they married her off without anyone asking her opinion. Mayya had not had an education but Khawla had, and she would kill herself if her father insisted on this marriage. She was vowed to […]

Kirjaluotsi Alharthi Jokha, Käännöskirjallisuus, Oman, Sandstone Press, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 01/11/2019 2 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Philip Pullman: The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust Volume Two)

She returned to her thoughts. Did the night-ghosts and fairies and jacky lanterns and other citizens of the secret commonwealth exist only in her imagination? Was there a logical, rational, scientific explanation for such things? Or were they inaccessible to science, and baffling to reason? Did they exist at all? ’Such things’ included dæmons, surely. […]

Kirjaluotsi Iso-Britannia, Penguin Books, Pullman Philip, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 30/10/2019 0 kommenttia 7 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Water Dancer

They knew our names and they knew our parents. But they did not know us, because not knowing was essential to their power. To sell a child right from under his mother, you must know that mother only in the thinnest way possible. To strip a man down, condemn him to be beaten, flayed alive, […]

Kirjaluotsi Coates Ta-Nehisi, Penguin Books, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 20/10/2019 0 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Ian McEwan: Machines Like Me

We create a machine with intelligence and self-awareness and push it out into our imperfect world. Devised along generally rational lines, well disposed to others, such a mind soon finds itself in a hurricane of contradictions. We’ve lived with them and the list wearies us. Millions dying of diseases we know how to cure. Millions […]

Kirjaluotsi Iso-Britannia, McEwan Ian, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Vintage 14/10/2019 3 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Margaret Atwood: The Testaments

Finally I reached my inner sanctum, deep in the Forbidden World Literature section. On my private shelves I’ve arranged my personal selection of proscribed books, off-limits to the lower ranks. Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, Tess of the d’Ubervilles, Paradise Lost, Lives of Girls and Women – what a moral panic each one of them would […]

Kirjaluotsi Atwood Margaret, Kanada, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Vintage 26/09/2019 0 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Colson Whitehead: The Nickel Boys

Nickel Boys were cheaper than a dime-a-dance and you got more for your money, or so they used to say. In recent years, some of the former students organised support groups, reuniting over the internet and meeting in diners and McDonald’s. Around someone’s kitchen table after an hour’s drive. Together they performed their own phantom […]

Kirjaluotsi Little Brown Book Group, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Whitehead Colson, Yhdysvallat 21/09/2019 0 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Claire Fuller: Bitter Orange

More images come then, one superimposed on the next. And I abandon chronology in favour of waves of memory, overlapping and merging. My final look through the judas hole: I am kneeling on the bare boards of my attic bathroom at Lyntons, one eye pressed to the lens that sticks up from the floor, a […]

Kirjaluotsi Fuller Claire, Iso-Britannia, Penguin Books, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 08/09/2019 0 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Oyinkan Braithwaite: My Sister, the Serial Killer

I stand up and rinse the gloves in the sink, but I don’t remove them. Ayoola is looking at my reflection in the mirror.”We need to move the body,” I tell her.”Are you angry at me?”Perhaps a normal person would be angry, but what I feel now is a pressing need to dispose of the […]

Kirjaluotsi Braithwaite Oyinkan, Nigeria, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Whole Story Audiobooks 22/08/2019 2 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Elif Shafak: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

Nostalgia Nalan believed there were two kinds of families in this world: relatives formed the blood family; and friends, the water family. If your blood family happened to be nice and caring, you could count your lucky stars and make the most of it; and if not, there was still hope; things could take a […]

Kirjaluotsi Penguin Books, Shafak Elif, Turkki, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 15/08/2019 2 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Marilynne Robinson: Gilead

There’s a shimmer on a child’s hair, in the sunlight. There are rainbow colors in it, tiny, soft beams of just the same colors you can see in the dew sometimes. They’re in the petals of flowers, and they’re on a child’s skin. Your hair is straight and dark, and your skin is very fair. […]

Kirjaluotsi Robinson Marilynne, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Virago Press, Yhdysvallat 11/08/2019 0 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice & Carol Shields: Jane Austen | Klassikkohaaste 9

‘His pride,’ said Miss Lucas, ‘does not offend me so much as pride often does, because there is an excuse for it. One cannot wonder that so very fine a young man, with family, fortune, everything in his favour, should think highly of himself. If I may so express it, he has a right to be proud.’ ‘That is […]

Kirjaluotsi Ajatus Kirjat, Austen Jane, Dreamscape Media, Elämäkerta, Iso-Britannia, Kanada, Shields Carol, Tietokirjallisuus, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 31/07/2019 6 kommenttia 10 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Barbara Pym: Excellent Women | Naistenviikkohaaste 2019

Perhaps there can be too much making of cups of tea, I thought, as I watched Miss Statham filling the heavy teapot. We had all had our supper, or were supposed to have had it, and were met together to discuss the arrangements for the Christmas bazaar. Did we really need a cup of tea? […]

Kirjaluotsi Iso-Britannia, Pym Barbara, The Folio Society, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 23/07/2019 6 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Penelope Fitzgerald: The Blue Flower | Naistenviikkohaaste 2019

Sophie did not possess many books. She had her hymnal, her Evangelium, and a list, bound with ribbon, of all the dogs that her family had ever had, although some of them had died so long ago that she could not remember them. To this she now added the introductory chapter of the story of […]

Kirjaluotsi Fitzgerald Penelope, Flamingo, Iso-Britannia, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 22/07/2019 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Muriel Spark: Loitering with Intent | Naistenviikkohaaste 2019

Now the story of Warrender Chase was in reality already formed, and by no means influenced by the affairs of the Autobiographical Association. But the interesting thing was, it seemed rather the reverse to me at the time. At the time; but thinking it over now, how could that have been? And yet, it was […]

Kirjaluotsi Bodley Head, Iso-Britannia, Spark Muriel, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 21/07/2019 0 kommenttia 3 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Muriel Spark: The Girls of Slender Means | Naistenviikkohaaste 2019

From the lower-floor dormitories the people in the street looked larger, and the paths of the park were visible. All the nice people were poor, and few were nicer, as nice people come, than these girls at Kensington who glanced out of the windows in the early mornings to see what the day looked like, […]

Kirjaluotsi Canongate Books, Iso-Britannia, Spark Muriel, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 20/07/2019 0 kommenttia 3 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Pikaluotsaus: Kolme ranskalaista romaania kolmella kielellä

Kävimme pienellä reissulla Ranskan Rivieralla ja nyt onkin aika pikaluotsata läpi matkalukemistoni. Kotoa mukaan lähti ranskalainen klassikko, Françoise Saganin Tervetuloa, ikävä vuodelta 1954. Menomatkalla lentokentältä ostin Leïla Slimanin romaanin Adèle, joka julkaistaan suomeksi syksyllä. Tämä oli englanninkielinen käännös, koska tässä vaiheessa vielä ajattelin, etten pysty lukemaan romaania ranskaksi. Toulonin hotellissamme oli aulassa myytävänä kirjoja ja niitä […]

Kirjaluotsi Benzine Rachid, Faber & Faber, Käännöskirjallisuus, Points, Ranska, Sagan Françoise, Slimani Leïla, Tammi, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 23/06/2019 0 kommenttia 8 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Karina Sainz Borgo: La hija de la española

Nunca entendí la nuestra como una familia grande. La familia éramos mi madre y yo. Nuestro árbol genealógico comenzaba y acababa en nosotras. Juntas formábamos un junco, una especie de planta de sábila de esas que son capaces de crecer en cualquier lugar. Éramos pequeñas y venosas, casi nervadas, acaso para que no nos doliera […]

Kirjaluotsi Espanja, Lumen, Sainz Borgo Karina, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Venezuela 04/06/2019 4 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Adam Haslett: Imagine Me Gone

What do you fear when you fear everything? Time passing and not passing. Death and life. I could say my lungs never filled with enough air, no matter how many puffs of my inhaler I took. Or that my thoughts moved too quickly to complete, severed by a perpetual vigilance. But even to say this […]

Kirjaluotsi Haslett Adam, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Whole Story Audiobooks, Yhdysvallat 31/05/2019 0 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Sophie Mackintosh: The Water Cure

Part of what made the old world so terrible, so prone to destruction, was a total lack of preparation for the personal energies often called feelings. Mother told us about these kind of energies. Especially dangerous for women, our bodies already so vulnerable in ways that the bodies of men are not. It was a […]

Kirjaluotsi Iso-Britannia, Mackintosh Sophie, Penguin Books, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 29/05/2019 0 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Richard Powers: The Overstory

Here and there, solo spires rise above the giants’ chorus. They look like green thunderheads, or rocket plumes. From below, the tallest neighbors read like mid-sized incense cedars. Only now, seventy yards above the ground, can Nicholas gauge the true size of these few old ones, five times larger than the largest whale. Giants march […]

Kirjaluotsi Powers Richard, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 26/05/2019 18 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Akwaeke Emezi: Freshwater

After all, were we not ọgbanje? It was an insult to be subject to the decisions made around what was just a vessel. To be carried away like cargo, to be deposited in the land of the corrupters, inside this child simmering with emotions, searching for us because she was uprooted and alone, and we, […]

Kirjaluotsi Emezi Akwaeke, Grove Press, Nigeria, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 11/05/2019 2 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Amita Trasi: The Color of Our Sky

In my bedroom, my bed stood neatly covered, just the way I had left it. I could hear the sound of our laughter, smell my childhood – the good Aai used to cook and lovingly feed me – that wafting floral smell of saffron in the pulao, turmeric-perfumed dal, the sweet rasgullas. There wasn’t any […]

Kirjaluotsi Harper, Intia, Trasi Amita, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 26/04/2019 0 kommenttia 7 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Marilynne Robinson: Housekeeping

We were very upset, all the same, for reasons too numerous to mention. Clearly our aunt was not a stable person. At the time we did not put this thought into words. It existed between us as a sort of undifferentiated attentiveness to all the details of her appearance and behaviour. At first this took […]

Kirjaluotsi Faber & Faber, Robinson Marilynne, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 17/04/2019 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Lisa See: The Island of Sea Women & Mary Lynn Bracht: White Chrysanthemum

”Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back,” she warned the gathering. ”In this world, in the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life. We are crossing between life and death every day.” These traditional words were often repeated on Jeju, but we all nodded soberly as though […]

Kirjaluotsi Bracht Mary Lynn, See Lisa, Simon & Schuster, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 10/04/2019 0 kommenttia 9 min lukuaika Lue lisää
John Boyne: The Heart's Invisible Furies

It was a difficult time to be Irish, a difficult time to be twenty-one years of age and a difficult time to be a man who was attracted to other men. To be all three simultaneously required a level of subterfuge and guile that felt contrary to my nature. I had never considered myself to […]

Kirjaluotsi Boyne John, Irlanti, Transworld Publishers, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 08/02/2019 2 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Elizabeth Strout: Olive Kitteridge

”When I was young,” Mrs. Kitteridge said, holding her sunglasses in her hand, ”—little, you know—I’d hide in the wood box when my father came home. And he’d sit down on the wood box and say, ’Where’s Olive? Where can Olive be?’ This would go on, till I’d knock on the side, and he’d act […]

Kirjaluotsi Scribner, Strout Elizabeth, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 02/02/2019 6 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Muriel Spark: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie | Klassikkohaaste 8

These girls formed the Brodie set. That was what they had been called even before the headmistress had given them the name, in scorn, when they had moved from the Junior to the Senior school at the age of twelve. At that time they had been immediately recognisable as Miss Brodie’s pupils, being vastly informed […]

Kirjaluotsi Canongate Books, Iso-Britannia, Spark Muriel, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 31/01/2019 10 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Kate Atkinson: Transcription

After twenty minutes of waiting as instructed – in an unforgiving wind – a Bedford bus pulled up in front of Juliet. It was a single-decker and on its side it announced ’Highland Tours’ and Juliet thought, crumbs – were they going to Scotland and shouldn’t someone have told her so she could have packed […]

Kirjaluotsi Atkinson Kate, Iso-Britannia, Transworld Publishers, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 24/01/2019 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Penelope Fitzgerald: The Bookshop

December 9 1959 Dear Mr Thornton, A good book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life, and as such it must surely be a necessary commodity. Yours sincerely, Florence Green Penelope Fitzgerald: The Bookshop Törmäsin Storytelissa kirjaan, jolla oli kirjanystävää houkutteleva nimi ja melko […]

Kirjaluotsi Fitzgerald Penelope, HarperCollins, Iso-Britannia, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 10/01/2019 0 kommenttia 3 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Domenico Starnone: Trick

The child seemed relieved when she disappeared down the hallway. He placed one of the books on the table, arranged the other on my legs as if they were a desk, and began to leaf through each page. I ran my hands through his hair and he, perhaps encouraged by the gesture, asked me, composed: […]

Kirjaluotsi Europa Editions, Italia, Käännöskirjallisuus, Lahiri Jhumpa, Starnone Domenico, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 04/01/2019 2 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
R. O. Kwon: The Incendiaries

The Phipps building fell. Smoke plumed, the breath of God. Silence followed, then the group’s shouts of triumph. Wine glasses clashed together, flashing martial light. He sang the first bars of a Jejah psalm. Others soon joined in. Carillon bells chimed, distant birds blooming white, strewn, like dandelion tufts, an outsize wish. It must have […]

Kirjaluotsi Kwon R. O., Riverhead Books, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 30/12/2018 0 kommenttia 3 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Kate Morton: The Clockmaker's Daughter

It is different on this side. Human beings are curators. Each polishes his or her own favoured memories, arranging them in order to create a narrative that pleases. Some events are repaired and polished for display; others are deemed unworthy and cast aside, shelved below ground in the overflowing storeroom of the mind. There, with […]

Kirjaluotsi Australia, Mantle, Morton Kate, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 19/12/2018 2 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Kirjabloggaajien joulukalenteri luukku 11 - Joulunviettoa poikkeusoloissa

Kirjabloggaajien joulukalenterin luukku 10 aukesi eilen blogissa Aina joku kesken ja huominen luukku 12 aukeaa blogissa Luetaanko tämä. Kirjabloggaajien joulukalenterin luukussa 11 kurkistetaan hieman toisenlaisiin joulutarinoihin. Äänikirjojen kuuntelu on kasvanut räjähdysmäisesti kuluvan vuoden aikana ja minäkin olen kantanut korteni kekoon. Nopeasti laskettuna olen tämän vuoden aikana kuunnellut noin 30 äänikirjaa lukuaikapalveluista. Ihan sattumalta viime aikoina […]

Kirjaluotsi Backman Fredrik, Clemmons Zinzi, HarperCollins, HighBridge, Hornak Francesca, Iso-Britannia, Jones Tayari, Käännöskirjallisuus, Novellit, Ruotsi, Simon & Schuster, Tammi, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 11/12/2018 4 kommenttia 8 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Michael Ondaatje: Warlight

We are foolish as teenagers. We say wrong things, do not know how to be modest, or less shy. We judge easily. But the only hope given us, although only in retrospect, is that we change. We learn, we evolve. What I am now was formed by whatever happened to me then, not by what […]

Kirjaluotsi Kanada, Ondaatje Michael, Random House, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 29/11/2018 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Yhdysvallat-lukuhaaste | Kooste luetuista

Helsingin Kirjamessujen teemamaa on tänä vuonna Yhdysvallat ja sen kunniaksi Lukupino-blogi heitti taannoin Yhdysvallat-lukuhaasteen. Haaste olikin nyt paikallaan, sillä messujen saldo yhdysvaltalaiskirjailijoiden osalta on valitettavan pieni. Ei taida Suomen pieni kielimarkkina houkutella amerikkalaisia. Yksi messuvieraista sentään löytyy listaltani. Yhteensä luin haasteeseen 23 kirjaa. Yksi haastekohta jäi täyttämättä eli kohta 10 – Kirja poliitikosta. Tämä kohta […]

Kirjaluotsi Käännöskirjallisuus, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yleinen 23/10/2018 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Louise Candlish: Our House

Ruinous though the situation is, catastrophic even, it is also quite fitting that it’s ended the way it has, because it has always been about the house. Our marriage, our family, our life they only seemed to make proper sense at home. Take us out of it – even on one of the smart holidays […]

Kirjaluotsi Candlish Louise, Iso-Britannia, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, W F Howes 05/09/2018 0 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Pikaluotsaus: Carol Shields x 3

On taas pikaluotsauksen aika. Pikaluotsaus on sarja, jossa käsittelen kerralla useamman lukukokemuksen tiivistetymmässä muodossa. Tällä kertaa kaikki kolme kirjaa ovat samalta kirjailijalta, sillä onnistuin hurahtamaan Carol Shieldsin kirjoitustyyliin ja nautiskelin kolme hänen teostaan peräjälkeen. Carol Shields (1935- 2003) syntyi Chicagossa, Yhdysvalloissa, mutta eli koko aikuiselämänsä Kanadassa. Hän on julkaissut lukuisia romaaneja, novellikokoelmia, näytelmiä ja runoja, […]

Kirjaluotsi HarperCollins, Käännöskirjallisuus, Kanada, Otava, Shields Carol, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 23/08/2018 0 kommenttia 9 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Lisa See: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

“You have special abilities,” she goes on. “I don’t mean you are a witch or a fox spirit. And you’ve never seemed drawn to the special gift of healing or magic. Rather, you are like A-ma Mata, who gave birth to the Akha people, who pushed against her restraints, who said, ‘No, I will not […]

Kirjaluotsi See Lisa, Simon & Schuster, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 29/07/2018 0 kommenttia 7 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Naistenviikkohaaste | Sarah Perry: The Essex Serpent

Osallistun taas Tuijatan lanseeraamaan naistenviikkohaasteeseen. Olin jo ajatellut tehdä pikaluotsauksen eli lyhyet arviot viime aikoina kuuntelemistani äänikirjoista, joissa kaikissa on vahva nainen päähenkilönä. Naistenviikon ja haasteen kunniaksi julkaisenkin lyhyet jutut omina postauksinaan. Parhaillaan luettavana on pari kiinnostavaa romaania, jotka myös sopivat teemaan. Nähtäväksi jää ehtivätkö nekin haasteviikkoon mukaan. Ensimmäisenä on kuitenkin vuorossa Sarah Perryn The […]

Kirjaluotsi HarperCollins, Iso-Britannia, Perry Sarah, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 18/07/2018 0 kommenttia 3 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Lisa Genova: Every Note Played

”What about you?” asks Grace, addressing her father for the first time. ”Why didn’t you tell me about this?” He was diagnosed just before Christmas last year. He didn’t want to ruin Grace’s holiday with his grim news. Then full denial set in. He couldn’t have even whispered, alone in his condo with no one […]

Kirjaluotsi Genova Lisa, Simon & Schuster, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 03/05/2018 0 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Julian Barnes: The Only Story

Here was an entry – a serious one – which he hadn’t crossed out in years. He couldn’t remember where it came from. He never recorded the writer or the source: he didn’t want to be bullied by reputation; truth should stand by itself, clear and unsupported. This one went: ’In my opinion, every love, […]

Kirjaluotsi Barnes Julian, Iso-Britannia, Jonathan Cape, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 19/04/2018 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Elizabeth Kostova: The Shadow Land

That was the moment, before I even stepped onto the train, when I realized the most important thing that was happening to me. They were takin my natural feelings away, so quietly that it could have occurred without my noticing. I understood in a flash that I must keep my mind safe, whatever came next. […]

Kirjaluotsi Ballantine Books, Kostova Elizabeth, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 02/04/2018 0 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Paul Beatty: The Sellout

This may be hard to believe, coming from a black man, but I’ve never stolen anything. Never cheated on my taxes or at cards. Never snuck into the movies or failed to give back the extra change to a drugstore cashier indifferent to the ways of mercantilism and minimum-wage expectations. I’ve never burgled a house. […]

Kirjaluotsi Beatty Paul, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 22/03/2018 2 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Jon McGregor: Reservoir 13

The missing girl’s name was Rebecca, or Becky, or Bex. She had been thirteen at the time of her disappearance. She’d been wearing a white hooded top with a navy-blue body-warmer, black jeans, and canvas shoes. She would be taller than five feet now, and her hair may have altered in both style and colour. […]

Kirjaluotsi HarperCollins, Iso-Britannia, McGregor Jon, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 15/02/2018 0 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Elizabeth Strout: Anything is Possible

The car engine made a few clicking sounds as they sat in silence. ”You asked about my mother,” Pete said after a few moments. ”Nobody has ever asked about my mother. But the truth is, I don’t know if my mother loved us or not. I don’t know about her in some big way.” He […]

Kirjaluotsi Penguin Books, Strout Elizabeth, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 11/02/2018 14 kommenttia 7 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Mohsin Hamid: Exit West

He prayed fundamentally as a gesture of love for what had gone and would go and could be loved in no other way. When he prayed he touched his parents, who could not otherwise be touched, and he touched a feeling that we are all children who lose our parents, all of us, every man […]

Kirjaluotsi Hamid Mohsin, Pakistan, Penguin Books, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 06/02/2018 2 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Jennifer Egan: Manhattan Beach

At last they set down the chair near the water. Panting from the walk, Anna leaned her head against her sister’s and watched a long wave form, stretching until it achieved translucence, then somersaulting forward and collapsing into creamy suds that eked toward them over the sand, nearly touching the wheels of Lydia’s chair. Then […]

Kirjaluotsi Egan Jennifer, Scribner, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 22/01/2018 0 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Kamila Shamsie: Home Fire

’Once upon a time, there lived a girl and a boy called Aneeka and Parvaiz, who had the power to talk to animals.’ Aneeka laughed. ’Tell the one with the ostrich’, she said, voice muffled by her pillow. She was asleep before Isma was done telling the childhood story which their mother had invented for […]

Kirjaluotsi Bloomsbury, Pakistan, Shamsie Kamila, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 10/01/2018 0 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Daniel Sánchez Pardos: G (la novela de Gaudí)

No me extenderé en el relato de lo sucedido durante el resto de aquella velada. Baste decir que Fiona, Gaudí y yo la comenzamos tomando ese prometido chocolate con melindres bajo los pórticos de la plaza Real, la continuamos en un pequeño café concierto situado cerca del portal de Santa Madrona y la terminamos, ya […]

Kirjaluotsi Espanja, Planeta, Sánchez Pardos Daniel, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 07/01/2018 22 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Alex Schulman: Unohda minut

Levoton olo. On pakko saada vastauksia. Minkä takia äiti perui noin vain käyntimme Mjölbyssä? Mitä pahaa minä olen tehnyt? Käyn läpi viimeaikaisen viestinvaihtomme, palaan muistoissani tuntien ja päivien halki löytääkseni jotain, mikä voi selittää hänen äkillisen vihaisuutensa. Olenko sanonut jotain, minkä hän on käsittänyt väärin? Onko joku toinen kertonut hänelle jotain, mitä olen sanonut hänestä? […]

Kirjaluotsi Käännöskirjallisuus, Nemo, Ruotsi, Schulman Alex, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 06/01/2018 4 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Jeffrey Eugenides: Fresh Complaint

One day, it snows again. Stopping at the window, Della is possessed by an urge to go outside and move into it. As far as her old feet will take her. She wouldn’t even need her walker. Wouldn’t need anything. Looking at the snow, blowing around beyond the window glass, Della has the feeling that […]

Kirjaluotsi Eugenides Jeffrey, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Novellit, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 04/01/2018 4 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Ian McEwan: Sweet Tooth

That year, 1972, was just the beginning. When I started reading the paper the three-day week, the next power cuts, the government’s fifth state of emergency were not so far ahead of us. I believed what I read, but it seemed remote. Cambridge looked much the same, and so did the woods around the Cannings’ […]

Kirjaluotsi Iso-Britannia, Jonathan Cape, McEwan Ian, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 28/12/2017 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Tom Hanks: Uncommon Type - Some Stories

Dear Mr. Hanks, Congratulations on your book Uncommon Type and greetings from Finland! Yes, it’s the same country that just celebrated its 100 years of independence. You kindly wished us happy birthday and wanted to give us a baseball glove and two balls so we can play catch. Well, thank you for that and here […]

Kirjaluotsi Alfred A. Knopf, Hanks Tom, Novellit, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 11/12/2017 10 kommenttia 7 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Celeste Ng: Little Fires Everywhere

Later it would seem to Pearl that the Richardsons must have arranged themselves into a tableau for her enjoyment, for surely they could not always exist in this state of domestic perfection. There was Mrs. Richardson in the kitchen making cookies, of all things – something her own mother never did, though if Pearl begged […]

Kirjaluotsi Ng Celeste, Penguin Press, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 07/12/2017 0 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan: Harmless Like You

”It’s hard. It’s really, really hard.” Why didn’t she have more words? She thought of the Nothing. The ghost girl’s orange teeth. She thought of doors slammed. The bright blur of her mother’s cooking in a trashcan now long since rotted in some suburb. She thought of the flashes of something bigger and brighter than […]

Kirjaluotsi Buchanan Rowan Hisayo, Spectre, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 17/09/2017 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad

The train lurched into the tunnel. Northward. The engineer yelled, ”All aboard! The boy was simple, Cora decided, responsibilities of his office notwithstanding. She looked back. Her underground prison waned as the darkness reclaimed it. She wondered if she was its final passenger. May the next traveler not tarry and keep moving up the line, […]

Kirjaluotsi Fleet, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Whitehead Colson, Yhdysvallat 27/08/2017 23 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Victoria Hislop: Cartes Postales from Greece

On my own journey, I occasionally arrived in a place that was a quintessential carte postale – and yet there was something not quite right about it, something that made me dislike it, a gut feeling, perhaps. Similarly, I went to places that were scruffy, but charming. Of course, this might have something to do […]

Kirjaluotsi Headline Review, Hislop Victoria, Iso-Britannia, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 23/08/2017 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Nadeem Aslam: The Golden Legend

She turned and walked back into the house, shedding her shoes as she crossed the grass, wishing there were dewdrops against the soles of her feet, thinking of Massud who had loved that sensation. She went into the staircase and emerged onto the roof, feeling surrounded by her river and her city, her land. This […]

Kirjaluotsi Aslam Nadeem, Faber & Faber, Iso-Britannia, Pakistan, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 02/07/2017 12 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Albert Espinosa: Lo que te diré cuando te vuelva a ver

Ahora que pienso, nunca he entendido por qué lo llaman ”tiempo de calidad”, como si el otro tiempo que pasas junto a otra persona no lo fuera. Cosas de los humanos, cada vez creo menos en ellos. El ser humano debe aprender a ser humano. Nyt kun asiaa mietin, en ole koskaan ymmärtänyt miksi sitä […]

Kirjaluotsi Espanja, Espinosa Albert, Grijalbo, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 28/06/2017 2 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Madeleine Thien: Dogs at the Perimeter

I remember the stories my mother used to tell me, stories that had been handed down by her own grandmother’s grandmother, who had married a merchant and travelled from the villages outside of Battambang. My mother once told me that when a child is born, threads are tied around the infant’s wrists to bind her […]

Kirjaluotsi Granta, Kanada, Thien Madeleine, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 11/06/2017 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Erin Morgenstern: The Night Circus

I find I think of myself not as a writer so much as someone who provides a gateway, a tangential route for readers to reach the circus. To visit the circus again, if only in their minds, when they are unable to attend it physically. I relay it through printed words on crumpled newsprint, words […]

Kirjaluotsi Morgenstern Erin, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Vintage, Yhdysvallat 08/06/2017 0 kommenttia 3 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Madeleine Thien: Do Not Say We Have Nothing

”I assumed,” Ai-ming told me, ”that when Big Mother’s stories finished, life would continue and I would go back to being myself. But it wasn’t true. The stories got longer and longer, and I got smaller and smaller. When I told my grandmother this, she laughed her head off. She said, ’But that’s how the […]

Kirjaluotsi Granta, Kanada, Thien Madeleine, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 29/05/2017 18 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Celeste Ng: Everything I Never Told You

Later, when they look back on this last evening, the family will remember almost nothing. So many things will be pared away by the sadness to come. Nath, flushed with excitement, chattered through dinner, but none of them – including him – will remember this unusual volubility, or a single word he said. They will […]

Kirjaluotsi Blackfriars, Ng Celeste, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 13/02/2017 2 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Carlos Ruiz Zafón: El laberinto de los espíritus

Aquella noche soñé que regresaba al Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados. Volvía a tener diez años y despertaba en mi antiguo dormitorio para sentir que la memoria del rostro de mi madre me había abandonado. Y del modo en que se saben las cosas en los sueños, sabía que la culpa era mía y solo […]

Kirjaluotsi Espanja, Planeta, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Zafón Carlos Ruiz 05/02/2017 42 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Trilleritiistai: The Fire Child & Hyvä naapuri

Joulun lukutahti on ollut niin jäätävä, ettei kirjoitustahti meinaa pysyä tasoissa millään. Taas täytyy vähän niputtaa, niinpä nimeän tämän tiistain trilleritiistaiksi ja tiivistän tunnelmani kahdesta kiinnostavasta psykologisesta trilleristä. Shari Lapenan Hyvä naapuri julkaistaan tammikuun ensimmäisellä viikolla, lämmin kiitos Otavalle ennakkokappaleesta. Toivottavasti S. K. Tremaynen The Fire Child suomennetaan myös pian. Kirjailijan edellinen teos Jääkaksoset ilmestyi niin ikään […]

Kirjaluotsi Harper, Iso-Britannia, Käännöskirjallisuus, Lapena Shari, Otava, Tremayne S. K., Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 27/12/2016 Kommentti 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Deborah Levy: Uiden kotiin & Hot Milk

Deborah Levy on kirjailija, joka oli minulle hetki sitten vielä täysin tuntematon. Sitten tapahtui outo yhteensattuma. Mies toi työmatkalta tuliaisena Levyn uuden romaanin Hot Milk. Samaan aikaan kun luin kirjaa, sain kirjastosta viestin saapuneesta varauksesta: Deborah Levyn Uiden kotiin. Olin täysin unohtanut tehneeni kirjasta varauksen monien kirjabloggaajien suositusten perusteella. Nyt olen sitten tutustunut tämän palkitun kirjailijan […]

Kirjaluotsi Fabriikki Kustannus, Hamish Hamilton, Iso-Britannia, Käännöskirjallisuus, Levy Deborah, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 23/12/2016 0 kommenttia 7 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Jonathan Safran Foer: Here I Am

The morning Julia found the phone, my parents were over for brunch. Everything was falling apart around Benjy, although I’ll never know what he knew at the time, and neither will he. The adults were talking when he reentered the kitchen and said, ”The sound of time. What happened to it?” ”What are you talking […]

Kirjaluotsi Foer Jonathan Safran, Hamish Hamilton, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 17/12/2016 0 kommenttia 7 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Maggie O'Farrell: This Must Be the Place

Anyway, the older, longer, sluggish Marithe had looked up at the stars and asked her mother, who was sitting in the chair opposite, whether it would come back, this sense of being inside your life, not outside it? Claudette had put down her book and thought for a moment. And then she had said something […]

Kirjaluotsi Iso-Britannia, O'Farrell Maggie, Tinder Press, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 28/11/2016 2 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Jessie Burton: The Muse

Olive fell asleep beside it at four in the morning. The next day, she stood before the painting as the sun cracked low along the sky beyond her window. She never knew she was capable of such work. She had made, for the first time, a picture of such movement and excess and fecundity that […]

Kirjaluotsi Burton Jessie, Iso-Britannia, Picador, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 19/11/2016 2 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Eowyn Ivey: To the Bright Edge of the World

What is it that causes us to fall in love? We are met with those first, initial glimpses– a kind of curiosity, a longing for that which is both familiar and unknown in the other. And then comes the surprise of discovery; we share certain aspirations, certain appreciations, and that which is different excites us. […]

Kirjaluotsi Ivey Eowyn, Tinder Press, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 24/10/2016 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Louise Candlish: The Swimming Pool

I see now that I wasn’t thinking straight that weekend. Maybe I hadn’t been thinking straight since the beginning, since that luminous Saturday morning in July when I took my seat at the lido café and came face to face with our bewitching new lake of ultramarine. Since I’d begin seeing Elm Hill in spangled, […]

Kirjaluotsi Candlish Louise, Iso-Britannia, Penguin Books, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 16/10/2016 0 kommenttia 3 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Edna O'Brien: The Little Red Chairs

They were night people, one step away from ghosts, and strangers to each other. Some had husbands, as she guessed by their wedding rings, and many had children, who, contrary to the rules, telephoned in the night to report some crisis. The mothers, knowing that phone calls were forbidden, lurked in corners, to listen. Many […]

Kirjaluotsi Faber & Faber, Irlanti, O'Brien Edna, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 16/06/2016 0 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Sharon Guskin: The Forgetting Time

But surely we all carried some little piece of each other inside of us. So what did it matter, whether the memories belonging to her boy existed inside this other one? Why were we all hoarding love, stockpiling it, when it was all around us, moving in and out of us like the air, if […]

Kirjaluotsi Guskin Sharon, Pan Macmillan, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 20/04/2016 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Wally Lamb: We are water

..”We are like water, aren’t we? We can be fluid, flexible when we have to be. But strong and destructive, too.” And something else, I think to myself. Like water, we mostly follow the path of least resistance. Wally Lamb oli minulle ennestään tuntematon kirjailija, mutta hänen kirjaansa We are water suositeltiin kovasti Goodreadsissa ja […]

Kirjaluotsi Harper, Lamb Wally, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 05/04/2016 0 kommenttia 3 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Erika Swyler: The Book of Speculation

We carry our families like anchors, rooting us in storms, making sure we never drift from where and who we are. We carry our families within us the way we carry our breath underwater, keeping us afloat, keeping us alive. I’ve been lifting anchors since I was eighteen. I’ve been holding my breath since before […]

Kirjaluotsi Corvus, Swyler Erika, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 30/03/2016 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
John Irving: Avenue of Mysteries

Dreams edit themselves; dreams are ruthless with details. Common sense does not dictate what remains, or is not included, in a dream. A two-minute dream can feel like forever. Pitkässä parisuhteessa toisen maneerit saattavat välillä ärsyttää vietävästi ja samanaikaisesti ne ovat juuri niitä asioita, jotka tekevät tästä kyseisestä persoonasta sydämesi valitun. Tämä aika pitkälle kuvaa […]

Kirjaluotsi Irving John, Simon & Schuster, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 18/03/2016 0 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Robert Galbraith: Career of Evil

Then he spoke in a voice more menacing than Robin had ever heard, the more so because he half crooned the words, so close to the receiver that he seemed to be breathing into her ear. ’Do A know you, little girl?’ Robin tried to speak, but no sound came out. The line went dead. […]

Kirjaluotsi Galbraith Robert, Iso-Britannia, Sphere, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 15/02/2016 0 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Alice Munro: Dear life

What he carried with him, all he carried with him, was a lack, something like a lack of air, of proper behaviour in his lungs, a difficulty that he supposed would go on forever. The girl he’d been talking to, whom he’d once known – she had spoken of her children. The loss of her […]

Kirjaluotsi Kanada, Munro Alice, Novellit, Penguin Books, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 08/02/2016 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Victoria Hislop: The Sunrise

Markos and Hüseyin led their respective families along different routes, both aware of the safest roads to take. The rest of them, who had hidden inside their homes for so long, were shocked by what they saw: the silent streets, the neglected gardens. The sight of their beautiful Famagusta in a state of shadowy semi-dereliction […]

Kirjaluotsi Headline Review, Hislop Victoria, Iso-Britannia, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 31/01/2016 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Jhumpa Lahiri: The Lowland

From the terrace he had an open view of the place where he and Udayan had been raised. Lower rooftops of tin or tile, with squash vines trailing over them. The tops of walls, dotted white, splattered with excrement from crows. Two oblong ponds on the other side of the lane. The lowland, looking to […]

Kirjaluotsi Bloomsbury, Lahiri Jhumpa, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 17/01/2016 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Kate Morton: The Lake House

She made her way back quickly through the woods, careful to avoid the boathouse and its memories. Dawn was breaking as she reached the house; the rain was light. The lake’s water lapped at its banks and the last of the nightingales called farewell. The blackcaps and warblers were waking, and far in the distance […]

Kirjaluotsi Australia, Morton Kate, Pan Macmillan, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 08/01/2016 0 kommenttia 3 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Nina George: The Little Paris Bookshop

Perdu reflected that it was a common misconception that booksellers looked after books. They look after people.   Perdu wanted Anna to feel that she was in a nest. He wanted her to sense the boundless possibilities offered by books. They would always be enough. They would never stop loving their readers. They were a […]

Kirjaluotsi Abacus, George Nina, Saksa, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 29/12/2015 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Lisa Genova: Inside the O'Briens

At first they stare, curious, trying to figure him out. Is he drunk? Mentally impaired? Is he harmless or violent? Is he contagious? Deranged? Before they get too close, they decide their best course of action is to look away, to pretend not to see the revolting display of human disability before them, and they […]

Kirjaluotsi Genova Lisa, Simon & Schuster, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Yhdysvallat 28/10/2015 0 kommenttia 6 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Michael Crummey: Sweetland

There were moments, he had to admit, when he sounded slightly unhinged. He’d had plenty of quiet time since missing his chance to escape with the Coast Guard to consider whether he was losing his grip on reality and he found it hard to argue otherwise. But he couldn’t make himself believe it. And he […]

Kirjaluotsi Corsair, Crummey Michael, Kanada, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus 02/09/2015 0 kommenttia 4 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Helene Wecker: The Golem and the Djinni

Helene Weckerin esikoiskirja The Golem and the Djinni valikoitui luettavakseni Goodreadsin suosituksesta. Kirja on fantasiaa, mutta sen voisi hyvin sanoa kuvaavan sitä, minkälaista on elää siirtolaisena, vähemmistön edustajana ja selvästi enemmistöstä poikkeavana. Tarina tapahtuu New Yorkissa vuonna 1899. Siirtolaisia tulvivan New Yorkin kirjavaan joukkoon ilmaantuu kaksi omaa luokkaansa olevaa hahmoa. Toinen on golem,  juutalaisessa tarustossa esiintyvä saviolento, jonka […]

Kirjaluotsi Blue Door, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, Wecker Helene, Yhdysvallat 07/08/2015 0 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää
Nadia Hashimi: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

I was a little girl and then I wasn’t. I was a bacha posh and then I wasn’t. I was a daughter and then I wasn’t. I was a mother and then I wasn’t. Just as soon as I could adjust, things changed. I changed. This last change was the worst. Tällä viikolla vietetään Dekkariviikkoa. […]

Kirjaluotsi Hashimi Nadia, Ulkomainen kaunokirjallisuus, William Morrow, Yhdysvallat 09/06/2015 0 kommenttia 5 min lukuaika Lue lisää

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