Read and deemed great – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Mark Haddon’s murder mystery novel (Amazon, Publisher) was recommended by two friends and also conveniently available in the flat, so I put it on top of my reading list. It’s not a typical crime thriller and the victim is no man but a dog named Wellington – but that makes no difference for Christopher, the 15 year old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome narrating his investigation of the incident in the book. His condition makes life difficult for him and the people he interacts with – like Mrs Shears who was a bit irritated that Christopher was hugging her now deceased dog, or the policeman who got hit by the boy because he was touching his arm, or his father who takes care of him alone ever since Christopher’s mother died.

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Read and deemed „To be read again“ – A Brief History of Time

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In hindsight it’s not very surprising that this book by Stephen Hawking (at Amazon, Publisher) is not to be used as bedtime reading. I think I got lost somewhere around the explanation of why black holes emit radiation. Let’s see how far I get once I really take some time to read and understand the book.


Read and deemed disturbing – Escape from Camp 14

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A few months ago I read an article in The Guardian picturing the journey of Shin In Geun, a man who was born in one of North Korea’s prison camps. Unfortunately, the text is no longer available. Since it was an excerpt from the book „Escape from Camp 14“ (Authorat Amazon) I decided the book was worth a read and got the sample to my Kindle. Lately, after finishing „Der Junge, der Träume schenkte“ I was in the mood for some non-fictional book and came around to read „Escape from Camp 14“.

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