Tv book club (translation alternatives )


The tv book club started again on sunday and yet again has no translated books in the list so I ve looked at the books on the list and choose world lit titles some classic some new . that have similar themes or characteristics to the chosen books .


Now the help is set in the south of the us in 60’s about a women raising children ,Now weep not child Thiong’o debut novel set in Kenya deals with the change in colonial rule and  and a young black boys struggle to better himself ,time wise books set similarly ,both books are about people struggling in an unjust society one in us the other in Kenya .

The reunion by Simone van der Vlught (the man who disappeared)

The man who disappeared ,is about a wife who is searching for the truth about her husband who is accused of a crime and how much she knew him ,now the reunion concerns Sabine and her friend from school Isabel who disappeared whilst at school ,a school reunion makes Sabine want to find out what happened to her friend .

The frozen heart by Alumdena Grandes (the legacy) –

Erica in the legacy goes to her grandmother’s house and unravels family secrets and histories ,Now in frozen heart a women turns up at funeral and opens the secrets life of the man being buried ,going back to the civil was in spain and second world war frozen heart is an epic spanish novel .

the Castle in the Pyrenees by Jostein Gaarder (the bed i made )

The bed i made follows Kate who has to escape an obsessive love .Castle is about two lovers coming together after thirty years apart ,as with most Gaarder books this book makes you think about place time and ultimately love ,as you see a couple remember what made them love one another .

My name is red by Orhan Pamuk (stones fall)

I loved stones fall when I read it last year ,Now chosen My name is red as it has mystery elements ,historical facts in the vein of stones fall like Pears Pamuk is a wonderfully vivid writer .

patience stone by Atiq Rahmi (Ellis Island )-

Ellis island is about Elie a Irish girl who is went to the us a and then had to return to rural Ireland and adjust to the change of life that she seems to have outgrown .The patience stone follows a wife looking after her comatized husband discovering freedom of thought and dealing with her place in the world ,put these together as they both seem to be about women that glimpse a bit of freedom .

Running by Jean Echenoz -(The devils acre) – 

The devils acres follows Samuel’s colts secretary and a involvement in murder ,I choose running as it is also a fictionalized account of  a famous figure in this case the runner Emil Zatopek I read one of Jeans other books and love his style so sure this is a winner .

beside the sea by Veronique Olmi (the weight of silence ) –

The weight of silence seems a powerful story about two girls disappearing and not being heard from and people being under suspicion .well beside the sea involves two children and their mother ,this too is a powerful and touching story .

Now this choices are subjective and in a lot of case very tentative links to tv book club summer reads list but ,as Lou reed says if you want to take a walk on th wild side give some of these a whirl along side the summer reads and see what you think  ?

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Simon (Savidge Reads)
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 19:37:04

    What a brilliant post Stu and what bureau selection of books too! I want to read the secon one… Well I actually want to read most of them!


    • winstonsdad
      Jun 28, 2010 @ 19:48:20

      Thanks simon for your first comment ,yes was a littl miffed last night so decide to do another list ,they all look good and the oneds I ve read are ,all the best stu


  2. farmlanebooks
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 20:34:00

    Great list! It is great that you’ve matched up each book with the TV Book Club choices – very clever. I especially love the sound of Weep Not, Child. I’ve added it to my wishlist 🙂


    • winstonsdad
      Jun 28, 2010 @ 20:44:57

      great ,went for similar themes ,but was so annoyed at not translated books on list yet again ,did my own 🙂


  3. amymckie
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 21:55:39

    What a neat idea Stu, I love it! The only book from the list I’ve read is Weep Not, Child which I really enjoyed. I’ll have to watch for some of the others. Though I guess from the original TV Book Club list I’ve only read one as well, though it wasn’t The Help 🙂


    • winstonsdad
      Jun 29, 2010 @ 23:13:03

      thanks amy ,the orginal list not overly appealing to me but had read stones fall ,all the best stu


  4. lizzysiddal
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 05:42:02

    Excellent post, Stu.

    I’ve read two of your choices, My Name is Red and Beside the Sea. Both brilliant.

    And as this is my Spanish lit reading year “The Frozen Heart” is on my wishlist.


    • winstonsdad
      Jun 29, 2010 @ 23:14:01

      thanks lizzie yes I ve frozen heart on tbr be reading it in july looking forward to it ,looks a real epic ,all the best stu


  5. Tom C
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 07:49:37

    You are extremely well-read Stu. I doubt I would have been able to compile this list. Brilliant!


  6. Claire (Paperback Reader)
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 14:09:47

    Wonderful post, Stu! I have copies of both Weep Not, Child and Beside the Sea and must read both.


  7. Nymeth
    Jun 30, 2010 @ 08:07:01

    An excellent post, and some great choices! You’ve reminded me that I need to read Jostein Gaarder. I liked everything of his I’ve read to date, but he’s an author I haven’t turned to in years.


  8. The Book Whisperer
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 05:34:44

    What a bloody great idea, Stu! I am going to check out The Reunion.

    Great post!


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