Archive for September, 2011

Flexicar member book recommendations

September 1, 2011

Flexicar car sharing is again happy to be supporting the Melbourne Writers Festival.

We ran a competition to give away some tickets and asked members to nominate their most loved book and give us a brief book review.

Flexicar members – Best Book Ever
Address Unknown – Kathrine Kressman Taylor
A short novel about friendship, betrayal and …revenge. All this in the background of rising nazism in Germany. A little jewel.

Crime & Punishment
Dialogue between 2 characters-such politeness. Dog ears gently marked by readers before me, what made them stop on Page 68 sleepy, a phone call, a tram reaching its stop?

Undaunted Courage: Merriweather Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West

Undaunted Courage tells the tale of the first exploration of the American West.  It is so wonderfully written that it makes you wonder, is this really a history book?

The Road by Cormack McCarthy
McCarthy relentlessly describes his bleak, post-apocolyptic landscape with such exquisitely diverse language it’s extraordinary. I’ve never read a book like it: a single image repeatedly described and each time breathtaking.

Dirt Music
Tim Winton’s descriptions of the WA coastline and its people are so evocative of their true essence that it makes West Australians like myself want to go home.

gave me insight into the world of computer hackers; a sphere I have little understanding.

Falling for Grace
a local victorian teen fiction with realistic voices from youths. it enthrals you to the end working out the suspect and if Grace survives.

Cat’s Cradle
By Kurt Vonnegut Jr, it is an absurdist look at modern life in the vein of the satirist Mark Twain.  A must read for any thinking person.

The Red Tent
A group of women, set in Biblical times, and their day-to-day lives. Seemingly little in common with my life, but I was totally entralled. Reading it for the third time.

The Cather in the Rye
When I grew up, I thought I was Holden Caufield! I loved his use of “phoney”….

To Kill A Mockingbird
It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I take it off the shelf to read, it stays wonderful. It’s like an old friend. Harper Lee’s a genius.

Frankly Feminine
What’s not to love about a 1960’s guide to homemaking and making your husband happy.

A scanner darkly
One of the most empathic stories of human vulnerability set in our modern world (or almost) ever told.  Philip K Dick truly was the most amazing author on any planet.

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
It is an epic tale of personal growth, exotic culture, intrigue, crime, love and passion set in India and also crossing Pakistan and Afghanistan prior to the current war.

Every Sweet THing
It was fabulous to read a book about growing up in the Territory, as I did myself. The writer has a great sense of humour,  together with risks.

Fight Club
The main character is a perfect narrator.
The Outsider by Colin Wilson
It is a book written by a 25 year old about the problem of madness and suicide for four great artists. It contextualizes and celebrates the artistic spirit.

Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
Amazing book, an intriguing story about the place i grew up and now a mini-series on foxtel. Great.

One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick
“… combat command is the loneliest job in the world.” This book enlightened me about the Recon Marines, and how their job do not determine their persons. Outstanding memoir.

My Brother Jack
A great portrayal of Australian life in the suburbs, and growing up between WW1 and WW2. Great characters with identifiable traits and overall a heart-wrenching story