Looking back: February 2012

Posted: March 2, 2012 in Denmark, England, Iceland, Lithuania, memes, Scandinavia, spy story

Kerrie’s meme at Mysteries in Paradise that requires you to pick your best read of the month rather than leave it to a year’s end memory test is a good discipline. Although I will probably only read fifty to sixty books during the year my memory is such that it will make it much easier to pick a selection of five best reads of the year.

I really got bogged down in February, and did not read as much as I had hoped, but there was one outstanding read:

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis. Lene Kaaberbol translated the book into English. The story studied the stark contrast between rich and poor , the plight of the undocumented and the vulnerability of women and children. 

February’s other highlights were reading Outrage by Arnaldur Indridason [not quite as good as The Boy in the Suitcase in my opinion] and watching a fine performance by Gary Oldman play George Smiley in John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. If The Artist had not been the flavour of the month I think the Oscar might have gone to Oldman.

  1. Maxine says:

    I was a bit bemused by the success of the Artist but I suppose the dog was good. A couple of good choices of Feb books there, Norman – I think I’d put the two in the other order but I agree they are both good ones. Hope March proves fruitful!

  2. KerrieS says:

    I have still to read THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE Norman so I am pleased to see all the accolades. Thanks for taking part in the meme.

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  4. kathy d. says:

    I think either Outrage or The Boy in the Suitcase are superb reads. I could not put either of them down and had to finish them without interruption.

    I can’t wait for the next in the Nina Borg series, but wish that Indridason would feature Elinborg again, but I think that hope is in vain.

    I keep loaning out my copies of these two books and every reader puts them at the top of her (in this case) reading lists.

  5. As you know, I also loved The Boy in the Suitcase, and it is good to hear I can also look forward to a good reading experience when I get round to more Arnaldur Indridason.

  6. I have this book on my eReader – must get to it soon from the sounds of things. I am also looking forward to seeing Tinker, Tailor – I waited and waited for it to come out here in Oz and then must have been asleep for the week it was on in the cinema so I have to wait for the DVD – Gary Oldman is one of my favourite actors and I was a bit sorry he didn’t get the Oscar (the whole Artist thing does my head in – I’m sure it makes me a philistine but I just don’t ‘get it’)

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