Sunday, July 02, 2017

Bedtime Reading - The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

I recently  read The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain (had to speed read as it was a 7-day loan from the library, but in any event, it was one of those unputdownable (is that a word?) books that you have to race through. The story is based in Switzerland and covers the period from 1937 to 2002. A young Swiss boy meets a Jewish refugee of his own age in Infants' school and develops a lifelong relationship with his family. I won't divulge the development of the plot. Sufficient to say that the themes are love, loyalty, compassion, and betrayal. The last page was very moving and brought tears to my eyes.

I have also been reading The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray, after seeing him involved in a television debate. It's non-fiction, a heavy tome that addresses the issues associated with uncontrolled migration to our very small island. Controversial, but food for thought.