Wednesday 27 February 2019

The Red Address book by Sofia Lundberg - A Review

Today we will talk about a book that I was sent for review from Netgalley and the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The book in question is The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundeberg and it was released on January 8th 2019. 

This book is translated from Swedish by Alice Menzies and you could categorize it as a historical fiction.

It is about 96-year-old Doris, who writes down the memories of her eventful life as she pages through her decades-old address book. When Doris was a girl, she was given an address book by her father, and ever since she has carefully documented everyone she met and loved throughout the years. Looking through the little book now, Doris sees the many crossed-out names of people long gone and is struck by the urge to put pen to paper. In writing down the stories of her colorful past—working as a maid in Sweden, modelling in Paris during the 30s, fleeing to Manhattan at the dawn of the Second World War—can she help Jenny (her grandniece), haunted by a difficult childhood, unlock the secrets of their family.

Many reviews say that this book is perfect for people who liked The Little Paris Bookshop and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.

I found The Red Address Book to be a very beautiful and heartwarming book. I really liked the way Doris narrated her story through her address book and the people in it. You could say that this some kind of a historical fiction as the author goes between past and present in a very smooth and beautiful way. When I was reading about Doris' past I could very well draw a picture of the story in my mind. You can see her story through the 30s , WWII and also her present story and the surprises her life still holds for her. 
Last but certainly not least, the ending of the book was beautifully done and also very emotional. 

I gave this book a 4 - Star rating on Goodreads.


0 σχόλια:

Post a Comment