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[Review] David Golder by Irène Némirovsky

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Title: David Golder, originally in French: David Golder
Author: Irène Némirovsky, translated by: Sandra Smith Page: 159 pages Genre: Literary Fiction
Subject: Family Relationships, France (Paris), Jewish Capitalists and Financiers First Published: 1929


Golder is a superb creation. Born into poverty on the Black Sea, he has clawed his way to fabulous wealth by speculating on gold and oil. When the novel opens, he is at work in his magnificent Parisian apartment while his wife and beloved daughter, Joy, spend his money at their villa in Biarritz. But Golder’s security is fragile. For years he has defended his business interests from cut-throat competitors. Now his health is beginning to show the strain. As his body betrays him, so too do his wife and child, leaving him to decide which to pursue: revenge or altruism?

Available for the first time since 1930, David Golder is a page-turningly chilling and brilliant portrait of the frenzied capitalism of the 1920s and a universal parable abo…

Targets for 2013

Not being too ambitious - I don't want to set a target on the number of books I want to achieve this year. Just want to take my own time and enjoy the pleasure of reading
Catch-up on backlog reviews - I don't know if I ever be able to post reviews in a timely manner but I want to make sure that I write something about the books that I have read - including the ones that I read many many years ago Read more non-fictions!
Re-attempt at least one book from my DNF (Did Not Finish) pile
I never read a book more than once, but this year I want to at least re-read one book that I have enjoyed in the past. I've got a lot to choose from, perhaps Love in the Time of Cholera?
Add new books to my personal library - bought a new shelf in December, now it's already half full. At this rate, I'm going to run out of space in my tiny home soon!
Books I'm looking forward to from my favorite authors; Khaled Hosseini, Carlos Ruiz Zafón & Kate Morton.

[Quotes] Love in The Time of Cholera

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This is my favorite Garcia-Marquez and an all-time favorite novel. I could read it a million times and still takes my breath away every time. Makes me want to learn Spanish =)

Words from a true poet himself.
Source: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez facebook page.

2011 & 2012 Recap

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2011

It was a wonderful year in books. Unfortunately I did not achieve the 100 books a year target - managed to get to only 59 - but I read some great stuff that year. Probably among the best books that I've read in my entire life! This was also the year that I had appreciation towards historical fiction - especially stories set in World War II.
Naturally, I read a few books from my favorite authors Paul Auster, Agatha Christie and Jeffrey Archer but I discovered many new authors - which I will definitely read more of their works in future; authors like: Maggie O'Farrel, Pam Jenoff, Sebastian Barry,  Julie Orringer, Paulina Simons, Jed Rubenfeld, Tatiana de Rosnay and Muriel Barbery.
Some of the highlights of 2011: Find reviews of these books at the navigation tabs below the blog header.

2012

My focus in life shifted when I had a baby last year. I am sad to report that I only managed to read 7 books. But one thing that I am glad is that I finally got to read Anna Karenina by L…

New Year, A New Beginning

Happy 2013 readers!!
No, no I wasn't about to abandon this blog just yet - I love it too much!! So what have I been up to for the past a year-and-a-half, you ask? Well, I got pregnant and have been busy raising a kid that's what. She's almost a year old now (talk about how time flies!) and I'm ready to pick up from where I left off  =) Seems like a good timing, what with the New Year and all.
So yes Playing Librarian is back. I'm not trying to be too ambitious in terms of the number of books I have to read this time though, I don't have much ME time nowadays (my 100 books a year plan in 2011 & 2012 went down the drain). I want to take things at my own pace and just enjoy what I love doing the most - reading, that is - and share them in this blog.
Glad to be back =)