Archive for May, 2018

Macbeth, by Jo Nesbo

May 29, 2018

[Lesley]  I haven’t read any Jo Nesbo books before; not really my genre. I *had* to read this one though as an installment in the Hogarth Shakespeare series. Loved it. Now that I have read it, I can’t imagine a better modernization of Macbeth. Nesbo is clearly a master of gritty, politically-charged, psychological thrillers. The relentless hurtling to the inevitable end is very much what I remember from the Shakespeare play; you just want the characters to stop making choices that are going to end in more pain and death but they don’t. And the brew. Evil, but only in that it amplifies the cruelty, greed, and violence already inside people. We see that those who aren’t addicted also are cruel, selfish, and violent, they may just be more inhibited or circumspect than those who are.

The audiobook of Macbeth is on Libby/Overdrive..

Other titles in the Hogarth Shakespeare project:

About Hogarth Shakespeare: The Hogarth Shakespeare project sees Shakespeare’s works retold by acclaimed and bestselling novelists of today.

Macbeth - ebook

Freshwater, by Akwaeke Emezi

May 17, 2018

[Lesley]  Bookshelf: Amazing. I first heard about this book on NPR and it sounded intriguing – I never could have expected its complexity and utter originality. Multiple personalities – sort of; Coming of age – sort of; Immigrant experience – sort of. It was so far beyond any of those categories. Somehow in so much strangeness and extremity, there is a powerful story that is accessible and emotionally resonant. I know many people who would be turned off by the violence (there is some) and especially the way sex is used, but not a single thing is gratuitous or there for shock value. This is a shocking book, but not in the way I think that is usually meant.

Freshwater is available on Hoopla.

Check the library catalog for availability