This week’s Book of the Week is The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. Narrated by retiree Tony Webster, The Sense of an Ending is a portrayal of human struggle, examining decisions, friendships, and closure. Our Recommended Reads this week deal with similar themes- we hope you enjoy looking through our suggestions!
Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee
Our first recommended read this week is J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace. Coetzee’s novel interrogates consequences and relationships, creating a powerful and shocking tale. David Lurie, Coetzee’s antihero, is a twice divorced lecturer at a university in Cape Town. Seeking excitement, he has an impulsive affair with a student which leads to a series of unforeseen events…
Atonement, by Ian McEwan
Mistaken accusations and family trauma abound in this highly celebrated modern classic. Three lives are changed forever when Robbie Turner is accused of a crime he did not commit. Will his accuser ever be able to atone for her mistake?
The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga
Criminal and ‘self-made entrepreneur’ Balram writes his life story to depict ‘the real India’ for a visiting Chinese dignitary. Telling the story of Balram’s blood-spattered rise to success, this is a riveting novel full of questionable morality and difficult decisions.
Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
Our last recommended read this week is Chinua Achebe’s classic, Things Fall Apart. Set in Nigeria, Things Fall Apart chronicles the life and death of Okonkwo, an Igbo chief. Like Barnes, Achebe examines community and virtue in this timeless masterpiece.
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