Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Chickens Eat Pasta : Escape To Umbria



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Title: Chickens Eat Pasta : Escape To Umbria
Author: Clare Pedrick
Genre: Autobiography, Memoirs
Pages: 225
Publisher: Matador
ASINB012GZXOPY

Rating: 3.7/5

This book is an autobiography of the author, Clare Pedrick. Now, I don't usually read autobiographies; it is not my cup of tea but this one particularly interested me. The title is catchy enough but other than that, the mere mention of Italy, particularly the rural side, made me want to read it.

Just out of a relationship, the author is looking for a change from her boring routine in England. She watches a chicken eating spaghetti on TV (hence the title) and when in the newspaper she finds Italian properties for sale, she decides to move to the village, Umbria, in Italy. She resigns her job and travels to Italy. She buys a ruin of a house there and goes on to develop it. The book talks about the challenges she faces as an outsider while renovating her house and how she deals with the rural Italian people. Although it takes time, she begins to adjust to the Italian customs and ends up making many new friends there, who help her in many ways. She also manages to get back to her journalism career. During her time there, she falls in love with an Italian and goes on to marry him, with whom she is now happily settled in Italy.

For an autobiography, I didn't expect it to be this good. I had to remind myself that it was not a work of fiction! The story travels in various timelines but the writing is flowy and smooth, nevertheless. Italy comes alive, especially the rural part, which the author successfully paints in great detail for us. The green hills and scenic beauty is beautifully described in the book. The way of life of the rural Italians in the 80's is described well although I am not sure if it remains the same today.

Overall, a well written book that transports you to Italy and surrounds you with the nitty gritties of the author's life back then. A nice, cozy read that I recommend.



Thursday, March 3, 2016

Murder In The Mews



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Title: Murder In The Mews
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery, Murder
Pages: 378
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN-13: 9780007299812

Rating: 4/5

It is time for another Agatha Christie book review. Murder in the Mews is a collection of four short stories, all featuring my most favorite detective Hercule Poirot. So without further ado, let's get down to business.

Murder in The Mews is the name of the first story. Poirot is faced with a murder which appears as a suicide but, is it really? A woman is found dead inside her room, of which the door and window are locked from the inside. But Poirot is sure it isn't what it looks like. The second story is called The Incredible Theft where Poirot is summoned to investigate a matter of stolen military documents linked to a possible ghost sighting. Not believing the ghost part one bit, he gets down to what he does best. Dead Man's Mirror is a tale where a murder takes place the moment Poirot arrives on scene. But among all the clues, Poirot is fascinated by the shattered mirror in the dead man's room. What could it possibly mean? In Triangle At Rhodes, Poirot cannot seem to escape murders even when on a holiday and ends up solving one amidst a love triangle.

What can I say that hasn't already been said about Agatha Christie's style of writing? Most satisfying to the curious mind with Poirot being the icing on the cake! The background of each of the stories is different, allowing a fresh point of view to the readers as they advance from one story to the other. Thankfully, the methods of Hercule Poirot remain the same and continue to captivate our minds. And as a result of pursuing a Poirot book, my grey cells are now super charged!

I am a self confessed fan of Agatha Christie and I cannot get enough of her books. I collect them and read them over and over again, without getting bored. And that is what makes her stories incredible! If you love mystery, crime solving and mind boggling plots, then go ahead and grab one of her books. You won't be disappointed.

Needless to say, highly recommended!


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