Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughin and Nicola Kraus

I was hoping for a bit of light reading when I pick up this book. Unfortunately it's not.It's a rather thought provoking sort of book.

"Nanny" is a student struggling to graduate from NYU. She advertised her service as a nanny in order to support herself and to afford the tiny studio apartment which she shares with another.

She literally bumped into A Mrs X's little boy or rather the boy bumped into her. They chatted and that was how she become the nanny to Mrs X's little "monster".

As the story goes, Nanny and the oby grew fond of each other. However, the longer Nanny was with the Xes, the more she was drawn into their webs of lies and deceits.

It was a tense 9 months where Nanny tried to help the boy, to maintain her own integrity and also avoid to be drawn into the domestic squabbles of the Xes.

Sometimes it's really scary on how a book can mirror life so vividly. Time and time again, Nanny was used mercilessly by Mrs X. At first,  Nanny would just tried to accommodate her ridiculous requests and made sacrifices. However, Mrs X seems to have taken Nanny for granted.

The despicable Mrs X also likes to dangle a carrot in front of the horses nose.

I love the part near the ending where Nanny realised what a conniving lying ahem ahem Mrs X was. All the frustration and anger described in that part was what I felt after the evil scheme was revealed.

I guess all these things made this novel such a great success. It got innocence, greed, envy and totally wicked.

I like this book. Reading this makes me want to watch the movie.

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

Alice and Mattia are both "prime numbers" destine to be alone in their life. When they were just kids, something happen and it changed their life forever.

When they met each other in their teens, they knew that they are kindred spirit. It was so natural for them to tell each other the deep hidden secret of their soul which they never told anyone before.

As they grew older, their fate tied them together and yet it forced them apart.

It was very interesting to see how the story developed. Wondering if the two of them will ever get through the barrier and become a couple.

In this story, it's not the ending that counts, its the journey itself. I love the way the author unfolds each chapters of Alice and Mattia's life. The flash back were not too frequent that I would loose track of the story. It's a book well written

Then only downside is I don't really understand the symbolic meaning of the ending of this book.

Monday, August 08, 2011

The Boy In The Dress By David Walliams

Thanks nylusmilk for passing this book for me to read.

It's about a boy, Dennis, who lives with his father and elder brother. Their mother left them. Both the father and brother were not good at hugging and stuffs that involves showing emotions. 

More often, Dennis, who misses his mom does things on his own.That is until he met Lisa, the notorious and most envied girl in the school. His life suddenly changed.

Nope, this is not a teenage love story. It have a hilarious and yet innocent feel to it. Some parts, I feel sad for Dennis and at others I can't help laughing at the predicaments that he got himself into.

At a glance, this seems to be a light weight sort of book. A book that you read just to pass time. Like a comic. However, I feel there is a deeper meaning/issue that the author was trying to project into this book. For example how we tend to hide our feelings and build a wall around us in order not to get hurt and that wall in turn become our jail instead of protecting us.

Yes, this is a good read

Friday, August 05, 2011

Death On The Nile by Agatha Christie

Guess ones could never go wrong with an Agatha Christie book. Death In Nile is no difference.

Linnet Doyle was a woman who have everything. She is beautiful, rich and married a handsome fella after a whirl wind romance. Unfortunately, on top of this..she also have plenty of enemies. 

She was on honeymoon cruise at the Nile when she was found death. Shot in the head. Who is the murderer and what is the motive? 

Fortunately, Hercule Poirot was also on board  to lend a hand or rather a head. Pardon the pun. 

I love this novel. What is not to like? Suspense , mystery, romance and everything under the stars being lump together.

Thank you very much to nylusmilk for passing this book to me.


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