Book review: Switzerland: A democracy under pressure By Stefanie Frey et al. Verlag Merker im Effingerhof, CHF 59.00 Swiss–United States relations have been strained in recent years by disagreements on several issues, most recently banking secrecy, security and privacy issues. Does the US have good reason to criticize Switzerland, or do US politicians not understand […]
The Giver is an American children’s novel by Lois Lowry. It won the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold more than 10 million copies. It has recently been released as a film and the book re-launched. Rank Title Author Published By Genre 1 Adultery Coelho, Paulo Random House Fiction Hard Cover 2 The Fault in […]
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is staying firmly on top of Payot’s top 10 this week. A new entry is Personal, the nineteenth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. Released this week by publisher, Doubleday Bantam, it has already jumped to fourth position in the local best seller’s […]
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (色彩を持たない多崎つくると、彼の巡礼の年) is the thirteenth novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. Published in April 2013 in Japan, it is a publishing sensation selling one million copies in one month.
The story is about Tsukuru Tazaki. In high school, his four best friends all had a colour as part of their surnames, leaving him the “colourless” one of their group. But his life is derailed in 1995 when his friends abruptly cut all ties to him. The never-explained ostracism leaves him suicidal and when his only college friend vanishes the next semester, he feels “fated to always be alone”.
Now at 36, Tsukuru is spurred by his new girlfriend to come face-to-face with the past and find out why his friends rejected him. He visits them one by one…
This 255-page book by Lake Geneva-based author Roger Anthone is more geared to military or history buffs, and makes a fascinating read for those intrigued by the role of Allied forces in Switzerland during World War II. As a neutral country, Switzerland was obliged to intern all Allied and Axis personnel, regardless of nationality, who […]