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Laura Tolomei’s
Reading Reviews & Thoughts

 

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Review by LallaGatta – Last Act In Palmyra by Lindsey Davis

I simply adore Falco! He's one of my favorite PIs of all times. And I've loved all of his books, but this is a notch above the others. Great great setting, the author does such fabulous job with it that I had the impression of actually being there. And since ...
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Review by LallaGatta – The Miracles of the Namiya General Store by Keigo Higashino

Mr. Higashino is unequalled! His latest work had me hooked from the first page. Events were woven together so intricately yet so perfectly that they came round in a full circle without a single flaw! And the characters stand out so vividly that it's like I actually know them in ...
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Review by LallaGatta – A Quiet Place by Seicho Matsumoto

Unexpected, formal, well-structured: I loved it! I found the plot incredible in its simplicity and directness. I also fell for Mr. Tsuneo Asai, not just because he's the main character, mostly for his burocratic habits and mannerisms. But what I liked above all was the description of a particular section of ...
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Review by LallaGatta – The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki

I liked this novel I liked the slow drawing in of my interest and attention until I just had to finish it! I liked the sisters, each different in their individual ways yet alike in their reverence of their family name and of withering customs, trying to protect both to ...
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Review by LallaGatta -The Party by Elizabeth Day

Not too original and frankly prejudiced! There is just a bit too much of other authors' styles for me to really appreciate this book. The way the plot unfolds is too much like Liane Moriarty of Big Little Lies. Marty and Ben emulate Charles and Sebastian of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead ...
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Review by LallaGatta – The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

This was a pleasant change from The Handmaid's Tale! After the disappointment of The Handmaid's Tale, I started this book by the same author with some trepidation hoping ìt wouldn't turn out as badly as the other one did. Fortunately, it did not! In fact, I'm glad to say I ...
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Review by LallaGatta – The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Better than the Handmaid's Tale! Now that I've read this second part of Ms. Atwood's story, I can't help comparing it with the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. The Handmaid's Tale focuses on the rise of a totalitarian regime, while The Testaments is all about its fall. And ...
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Review by LallaGatta – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Sorry, this tale didn't convince me. I know that many readers consider it as a warning to women' in the face of rising chauvinism and puritanism in our society, but something doesn't feel right. For one thing, there's no real explanation of how and why things deteriorated so fast so ...
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Review by LallaGatta – Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

I enjoyed this book, in spite of its cliches. Mrs Weiner is a gifted author. She has written a very enthralling tale about two sisters who seem at such different ends when young, then switching sides when growing up save to reveal how similar they have been their entire life ...
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Review by LallaGatta – A Cat, a Man, and Two Women by Junichiro Tanizaki

Really masterful! Not just to cat lovers, I'd recommend this book to anyone who appreciates deep feelings and bonds with a furry, warm creature that just happens to be a cat ...
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