Reviews by Kjerst

The Treasure

by Selma Lagerlof

A dark and haunting story of an orphan who is left in poverty and grief after a terrible crime. She falls in love with a noble man who wishes to take her away to a better life. But she remains haunted by the terrible choice she must make. Chilling, but captures you and has you wondering just how it will end.

Reviewed on 2012.07.31

After the Siege

by Cory Doctorow

It certainly had me intrigued from the beginning. It was quick to read, but will hang in your head for much longer. At times it was so vivid, you could almost smell the stench of suffering and feel the pains and delerium of hunger. What people do in order to survive. Disturbing at times, but well worth it. I will be reading more of his works!

Reviewed on 2012.07.31

Pan

by Knut Hamsun

One of my absolute favourites! Wonderfully written, dreamy story of a man who lives in a hut in the north. The changing of seasons, his love of a girl or two, his relationship with his dog and the nature with which he lives in harmony. Hunting and fishing to eat, his solitude makes it difficult for him in social settings. Stunningly beautiful, subtle but deep.

Reviewed on 2012.07.30

In Midsummer Days and Other Tales

by August Strindberg

A beautiful collection of short stories. The writing is lovely and captures the magic of midsummer. The animals sometimes talk and the supernatural is very much alive. Each story is different, but there is an underlying theme of music, magic and a touch of sadness, love and loss. These stories are well worth reading!

Reviewed on 2012.07.30

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