Reviews are now posted in the main body of the blog. They include thoughts on cuisine, books, film, art and music from around the world. I work and translate in English, French, Italian and Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian. Old reviews are floating around in the ether on other sites and publications.
The Night Rainbow
by Claire King
Just to add to what everyone has been saying about Pea – a stoic young heroine, who finds ways of coping with life and the difficult situation she is in. She is a wonderful wee character, so like many young children who survive hardship, and reminding me very much of Jody from The Yearling.
There is sadness in amongst the pages, and Claire deals with emotions around grieving and loss with sensitivity. Pea’s conversations and adventures take us to the wonderful place that is a child’s mind and imagination and she holds us captive right to the final word on the last page of the novel.
I love the ending – won’t give anything away. But I agree with Claire’s mum, when you don’t think you can go on, you will. This novel will endear itself to those who lost people when they were very young – it resonates in many ways.
Dreaming My Animal Selves (Le Songe de mes Ames Animales)
by Helene Cardona
It was a pleasure and an honour to receive a copy of Helene’s bi-lingual poems from Salmon Poetry in Ireland. Helene has many strings to her bow including being a multi-linguist.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Helene’s poems in French and English,the wee quotes and dedications gave a delightful personal touch too. But of course it is her imagination, the scenes she sets and her weaving of nature with magic that truly captivate the reader.
I knew when I saw the title, I wanted to read the book, My favourites are Inquisitve Life, Notes From Last Night and Dreamer. As with all good poetry, the reader will find something in this collection that speaks directly to them or triggers their own imagination. Inquisitve Life gave me a sudden rush of vision – a colossal wave and an elephant on top of a giraffe blew my mind!
I would like to see Helene’s collection interpreted through a visual art form some time soon, these are poems that breathe and are full of nature’s living things, and infinite imagination. One for your bookshelf? Absolutely. And I would share with children too.