Category: Reading Challenge

No 461 The Spare Room by Helen Garner

On the surface, Helen Garner’s sharp and insightful novella The Spare Room, is a relatively straightforward tale of friendship under duress. Nicola has stage-four bowel cancer and has decided to abandon traditional treatments in favour of a punishing alternative regime. She is coming to Melbourne to attend the Theodore Institue for a three-week course of…

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No 476 Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music & Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro Book 12 of #20booksofsummer20

In ‘Cellists’, the final, and the best story in Nocturnes, an American woman pretends to be a world-famous cellist and tutors a talented young Hungarian in her hotel room in an unnamed Italian city.  Under her tutelage, his playing soars – both technically and emotionally – but he soon realises that she cannot play the…

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