Reviews and Blog Posts: magical realism

Nearly gone

by Elle Cosimano

DPL Rating:
4

Nearly Boswell is a high school senior currently in the running for a very competitive chemistry scholarship. And we hope she gets it, because for Nearly there frankly aren't any other options for getting out of her trailer park and away from her hopeless surroundings.

Nearly has few friends and occupies...

Beasts of the southern wild

DPL Rating:
5

This powerful movie tells a story from the perspective of six-year-old Hushpuppy, who lives with her father “Wink” in their southern Louisiana Bayou community called “the Bathtub”. It follows Hushpuppy as life as she knows it in the Bayou starts to fall apart. The Bathtub is hit by a hurricane...

Lost Lake

by Sarah Addison Allen

DPL Rating:
4

Kate Pheris lost her husband to a tragic accident last year and also lost herself, she wrapped herself up in grief and "fell asleep" for a year. During which time her over-powering mother-in-law, Cricket, stepped in to "care" for her and her daughter Devin. But just this morning, Kate heard...

Samedi the deafness : a novel

by Jesse Ball

DPL Rating:
4

Jesse Ball seems to be to be a writer’s writer. He’s a good read for anyone with a love of language and semantics. This story is kind of a nonsensical, suspenseful spy-mystery story with a heavy feel of the surreal. Reading other reviews of his writing, Jesse Ball has been...

The street of crocodiles and other stories

by Bruno Schulz

DPL Rating:
5

 This book is a small compilation of Bruno Schulz’s short stories and a few illustrations. He’s been associated with surrealist movement both with his writing and illustrations, his writing could be categorized as magical realism.  He was writing in the 1930’s and his life ended at the hands of a...

The shadow of the wind

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

DPL Rating:
2

I’m pretty sure that somewhere in the orientation paperwork it was stated that, as a librarian, I am required to love this book. Same goes for booksellers or, really, anybody who loves books. Well, I am bucking that trend. I just didn’t like it.

Kafka on the shore

by Haruki Murakami

DPL Rating:
5

One of the most engaging and magical books I’ve ever read. Murakami is a master of atmosphere – his world is one of textured thought where ideas equal substance; imagination equals action. The forests contain ghosts, and everyday objects suddenly become not so ordinary.

Hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world : a novel

by Haruki Murakami

DPL Rating:
3

This book has grown on me the longer it has been since I read it. Being a Murakami reader, to me it seems like he delved into his more fantastic side.

The night bookmobile

by Audrey Niffenegger

DPL Rating:
1

I wanted to give this at least an two-star rating, but I can't. As an avid reader and librarian, there are many elements of the story that I find appealing and intriguing, but ultimately it fails for me on two counts. First, I don't particularly like Niffenegger's artistic style. For...

Tithe a modern faerie tale

by Holly Black

DPL Rating:
4

Kaye Fierch seems to be a typically apathetic teenage daughter. Her mother, Ellen, is in a rock band...she drinks too much...has unsavory friends...loser band mates...and provides little quality structure or guidance for her.  She's a high school dropout, but holds a job that provides money to supplement their existence (and sometimes...

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