POPPY SHAKESPEARE by Clare Allan ***
The book is good, sometimes funny, but I think the only way to appreciate it is to read it with a working class British accent, preferrably aloud, which is not so easy. Not bad, not great either. 3 stars.
ALENTEJO BLUE by Monica Ali *
A complete waste of my time, very disappointing. This author is overrated, so much glowing reviews by several "official" book reviewers. I thought this one would be better than her first, Brick Lane, which was not bad, I rated it 3 stars, but I was wrong. I guess this will be the last Monica Ali book for me.
July 23, 2006