Friday, March 29, 2013

THE JOYS OF DOWNLOAD

I've never lost the excitement of having a new book to read, and owning an iPad makes it an instant pleasure.  With the painless flick of a button, the book arrives; it's as effortless as that. But it's not to say that I don't love browsing bookshops and bingeing on books.

My latest foray into download is American writer, Gillian Flynn's Gone 
Girl. It comes with a great pedigree: tops the influential books-of-the-year lists; with some 23,000 critiques, it the most reviewed book on GoodReads; spent 8 weeks at No. 1 in NY Times best seller list and six months after its release had sold over 2m copies in print and digital formats, as well as having the film option picked up by Reese Witherspoon.

So what is this book about? It's a whodunit revolving around the marriage of two writers that strips the mask and makes toxic the commonly recurring marital themes of money, careers, in-laws and parenthood. The story is told through  the wife, Amy's diary entries, and Nick, the husband, who narrates his experience in the first person.

Gone Girl is flagged as noir for women, as is English writer Harriet Lane's recently published Alys, Always - another download. This is the unsettling tale of a manipulative newspaper editor. |Hurrah. These titles are a departure from the genres of chic lit and the more recently popular, erotic - too often regarded as reading for women.

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