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For One More Day – Mitch Albom

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I read this book ‘in-between’ other books since it is a short book and one which I finished in a couple of days.  I picked it up with some reservations, having been told that it was about a young man who reconnects with his dead mother. Having lost my own mother, it felt a little ‘too close to home’.  The story is told though Chick who is given ‘one more day’ with his mother who died some years previous.  It is written in very simple language and is therefore extremely easy to follow.  The way in which Chick gets his ‘one more day’ is not as complex as one might first think and the book openly draws the reader to think about what it would be like to be given that ‘one more day’.  The regrets of words said, or perhaps more importantly, the things that were never said all come together in this moving tale.  After reading it, it didn’t leave me feeling as sad as I had expected.  If anything, it gave me a sense of peace that I don’t have many regrets and whilst we all yearn for that ‘one more day’ just to be held close, to smell that warm smell that is a mother, it reminded me that those we lose are never very far away.  A good short read.

Written by Um Yousef

14 June 2010 at 10:10 am

The Angels Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Set in the 1920’s of Barcelona, this is the story of a young writer (David Martin) who fears that he has sold his soul to the devil, or at the very least, has made a pact with him. The story is wonderfully descriptive and flows well, and even though it is translated from Spanish, there doesn’t seem to be much lost in the translation process.  There are links in the book to the Shadow of the Wind, also written by the same author; the Sempere and Sons book shop and the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for example.  David is a lost soul himself, in love with Christina who can never be his, and living in a derelict house which carries many secrets of the plot that unfolds.  I found this dark, thrilling novel hard to put down.  I was intrigued about whether the darkness of this book was in fact within David’s head and then how one goes about trying to overcome such a complex existence.

Written by Um Yousef

6 June 2010 at 7:00 pm

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