Last week, Freight Books read…

In Times of Fading Light by Eugen RugeIn Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge (Faber), translated by Anthea Bell. This book won the German Book Prize (before it was translated, naturally), but for some reason missed out on the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize longlist. It is a novel of strands, charting the life of one East German family from the establishment of the German Democratic Republic through to the modern day. We flip backwards and forwards between the generations, starting with the Grandson, Alexander, who is visiting his ailing father Kurt, and then flitting backwards and forwards in time to visit each generation throughout that half century. Continue reading

On eBooks and pBooks

First off, I’d like to apologise for my use of pBook in the title. I could take it away, but I won’t, because it is an experiment on whether it works as a term. I heard it last month at the Publishing Scotland conference, where it fell from the mouth of Faber CEO Stephen Page—

 

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And there it lay, quivering as if with a silent mocking laughter. And we took it, folks. We just nodded our heads as if to say, ‘Oh of course, everyone says pBooks these days, we know exactly what you are on about.’ And then, if the rest of the delegates were anything like me, we all felt rather ashamed. Because it is pretty awful, isn’t it? Continue reading

Last week, Freight Books read…

never let me goNever Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber & Faber). This was quite a provocative and haunting story to get my head around. It is the kind of book that you finish and then immediately badger all of your close friends and family to read so that you can talk to them about it because you can’t possibly keep all of your thoughts to yourself. It raises some interesting questions about human nature and morality in a contorted world where science has progressed further than in reality. Kazuo Ishiguro imagines a dystopian setting in England, almost identical to the England that we know, but with some very important differences that change the lives of the characters in the book – for good and bad, depending on who they are. Continue reading