Fortunately for me, I do not suffer from pentheraphobia and get on well with my Mother-in-Law. She was manufactured in 1920, a super charged model, with an extended warranty, now a bit worn in some places, but still going strong. Her ability to strap herself in the car has diminished from the original nought to 3 seconds, to 1 to 3 days. In between her busy schedule, of reading, watching Countdown, making Christmas cakes – Yum Yum, and crocheting for England, she agreed to write a review on a book.
The book is entitled ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns' by Khaled Hosseini.
“ This book was nominated for 3 categories in the National Book Awards, and deservedly won the Richard and Judy Book Club Award in April 2008. Set in war torn Afghanistan, it is the story of two women Mariam and Laila. At the age of 15 Mariam is sent to Kabul by her father, to marry Rasheed a brutal man 30 years her senior. Twenty years later Laila also 15 years old loses her family in the fighting and is rescued by Rasheed and Mariam. The two women become very close, as they struggle against starvation, brutality and despair. Amidst all this there is a poignant love story.
This is the most absorbing and rewarding book I have read in a long time.”
Contributed by Bob Ashwood
Over the last few months I have enjoyed reading a number of books, and I would like to recommend three of them to you.
The first is ‘The Life of Pi' written Yann Martel.
ISBN1 84195 392 X.
This book was the winner of the Man Booker prize in 2002.
It is a story about the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, leaving a solitary lifeboat bobbing on the wild, blue pacific. The only survivors from the wreck, in the lifeboat are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, (with a broken leg), a female Orang-Utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal Tiger. Pi survived for 227 days. The twist at the end takes one's breath away.
The second book is ‘Spitfire Women of World War II', Giles Whittell.
ISBN 978 – 0 – 00 – 723535 -3.
This book is the truly remarkable story of the very rarely acknowledged women pilots, who flew in world war II, flying over 140 different types of aircraft, including Lysanders, Spitfires, Bombers, and jet aircraft. Some flying unfamiliar aeroplanes with only 30 minutes training. one of which was the first British women to fly a jet plane.
The Third book is 'First Light' by Geoffrey Wellum.
ISBN 9 780141-00841
Two months before the outbreak WWII, a seventeen-year-old Geoffrey Wellum leaves school to become a fighter pilot with the R.A.F. This book is the gripping memoir of his experiences as a fighter pilot. It is as if you are in the cockpit with him. His part in fighting off 150 German planes leaves you drenched in perspiration, and breathless. Un-put-down able.
If you read them, let me know what you think of them. Bob Ashwood.