Saturday, March 5, 2011

On My Wishlist 3-5-11

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. 

My Wishlist this week: 

shalimar the clown
From Goodreads: Published 2005;  "Los Angeles, 1991. Maximilian Ophuls, one of the makers of the modern world, is knifed to death in broad daylight on the doorstep of his illegitimate daughter India, slaughtered by his Kashmiri Muslim driver, a mysterious figure who calls himself Shalimar the clown. The dead man is a World War II Resistance hero, a man of formidable intellectual ability and much erotic appeal, a former United States ambassador to India, and subsequently America's counter-terrorism chief. The murder looks at first like a political assassination but turns out to be passionately personal." This is the story of Max, his killer, and his daughter - and of a fourth character, the woman who links them, whose revelation finally explains them all. It is a narrative that moves from California to Kashmir, France, and England, and back to California again. Along the way there are tales of princesses lured from their homes by demons, legends of kings forced to defend their kingdoms against evil. There is kindness and there is magic capable of producing miracles, but there is also war - ugly, unavoidable, and seemingly interminable. And there is always love, gained and lost, uncommonly beautiful and mortally dangerous.

paris wife
From Goodreads: Published 2011;  No twentieth-century American writer has captured the popular imagination as much as Ernest Heminway. This novel tells his story from a unique point of view — that of his first wife, Hadley. Through her eyes and voice, we experience Paris of the Lost Generation and meet fascinating characters such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Gerald and Sara Murphy. The city and its inhabitants provide a vivid backdrop to this engrossing and wrenching story of love and betrayal that is made all the more poignant knowing that, in the end, Hemingway would write of his first wife, "I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her."


heavenisabookstore said...

I keep picking up The Paris Wife and rereading the back. I really want to buy it, but there is so much on my TBR list that it will have to wait.

pussreboots said...

I've hardly had time to read or wish for new books. Come see what I'm wishing for.

Cozy in Texas said...

Interesting books. I love your banner.

Moonlight Gleam said...

Those look like some really interesting picks! Thank you for sharing and for stopping by!

Mystica said...

I wish for The Paris Wife very much. Just finished Rushdie's Shame. This one is a new one for me. Thanks for the post.

Kristen said...

The Paris Wife is on my wishlist too! Will definitely be ordering it sometime before the month is over!

And I finished The Diplomat's Wife, so I should have my review up in a few days ... check back at to see my review!

Juju at Tales of said...

O the Paris Wife!

BTW, I love your classy layout and look :)