Books to read: August 2021

1.”The Dry” by Jane Harper – this is the first novel by a popular and successful Australian writer of British descent. Jane Harper was born in 1980. With her first novel “The Dry”, she conquered world markets. The novels are interesting to film and television producers. Mass audiences and reviewers described the novel with a flawlessly tense, well-thought-out, and excitingly driven plot that has exotic charm. The story is set in a picturesque Australian outback or coastal city in Tasmania. The city has only one street where each person knows all the stories about the other residents. In the season tourists come and the city comes to life. When the season ends, the city returns to its factory settings and turns into a desert. One notable problem of the novel is the lack of distinctive, full-blooded characters. All key characters are reduced to holders of dramatic functions. Kieran Elliott was born in that city. Today he lives in Sydney. He arrives in his homeland with his partner Mia and their baby Audrey at the moment when life begins to disappear from him. Kieran returned with an important and sad reason. My father became seriously ill with dementia. He should be placed in an institution where he will be adequately cared for. The mother will find an apartment somewhere near the nursing home. Kieran helps parents prepare for relocation. Ten years ago, the coastal community was hit by a millennial storm. Kieran barely saved his life. His older brother and friend were killed. Ever since, the protagonist has been bent under the burden of unbearable guilt. Kieran is convinced that no one would have died if he had not recklessly gotten into the problem from which his brother and friend tried to save him. Another tragedy shook the small community. On the same day, a teenage girl disappeared, whose backpack was thrown ashore by the sea after a while. The city was soon shaken by new terrible news. A young and gifted artist (who was a waitress at a local inn) was strangled by someone. As soon as word of the crime spread the small place became even more closed. The new tragedy revived the memory of the old paranoia and inflamed the previously suppressed frustrations, suspicions, paranoia.

2.”A Great Magic” (by Elizabeth Gilbert) is based on a speech by writer Gilbert at a TED conference on a life filled with purpose and creativity. Readers of all ages and professions have been finding inspiration in Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. This is an intimate story of creativity in everyday life and the creative process.
3. The Leenane Thrilogy (by Martin McDonagh 1996) -Martin McDonagh is better known as the screenwriter and director of Hollywood gems In Bruges or Three Billboards Outside Ebbing and Missouri. McDonagh began his career with a dramatic letter that, from the 1990s until today, intoned the writer’s cinematic recognition: immoderately chatty, black humor, characters bursting with life, an ominous atmosphere cracked to the point of absurdity, and an obsession with violence. a collage of bizarre stories about people from the small Irish village of Leenane – The Beauty of Leenane deals with the toxic balance between a disabled mother and a spinster daughter who takes care of her mother on a daily basis, and a sudden and aggressive struggle for mutual independence. The skull in Connemara follows a seasonal gravedigger who once a year disposes of bones from a local cemetery to expand the graveyard. A gravedigger at the grave of a deceased woman discovers the disappearance of bones from a woman. Grandma’s stories and rumors about the circumstances of her death are spread again. The lonely West, on the other hand, affects two dysfunctional brothers immediately after the allegedly accidental death of their shot father and a depressed alcoholic priest who uses them to try to resolve a crisis of faith. This is intertwined with irritating lipsticks, quarrels, legacy debate, a constantly barking environment, discussions about practical morality, and unhealthy relationships within the community. The whole is actually an imaginative, hilarious and casually tragic thriller about the boredom of everyday life.

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