Books in Primary Colours: Blue

In order to briefly comment on some of the books that I’ve either read before I started blogging or that I feel that I should talk about more often, I’m writing a three-part series of posts about three books whose covers are predominantly yellow, blue or red. Besides their covers being dominated by a primary colour, these books just need to have one more thing in common – to still have a place on my shelves.

For the second instalment in this series, I’ve chosen three books whose covers are blue-toned. Although I have reviewed the first two books listed below when I first started blogging, I haven’t mentioned them very often since then. The last one, I have read quite a while ago and, despite having liked it, don’t remember much about.

 

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

This is, so far, the only book that I’ve read by Charles Dickens, but I’m sure it will be the first of many. Pip tells us the story of his life since his childhood until the beginning of his adulthood. He was raised by his sister and her husband, Joe Gargery. At first, the tough conditions that he lived in didn’t seem to bother him. His only complaint was the abuse he was subject to by his sister. That changed when he was chosen to visit Miss Havisham and her adoptive daughter Estella, whom he ended up falling in love with. Pip then started dreaming for a better life. His ambition made him leave behind the people who cared for him. The first and second volumes are slightly monotonous at times, in spite of the fascinating characters. The third volume, on the other hand, is splendid, as all the previous events are connected.

 

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Entertaining and atmospheric, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is an alternate history and fantasy book set in the 19th century. Two practical magicians are commissioned to help win the war against Napoleon. But they will also have to deal with a dangerous, albeit hilarious, fairy. Although magic plays a great part in the story, the book is also worth reading because of its social commentary on women’s rights, slavery and class differences. The many footnotes felt unnecessary at times, though.

 

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

I can’t tell you when I read this novel by Arundhati Roy, but I remember really liking it and learning a lot about India. My lack of memory regarding it is such that I had to google what it is precisely about. Set in 1969 and 1993, it tells the story of the fraternal twins Rahel and Esthappen. It focuses on social discrimination, forbidden love, misogyny and class relations. I may have to reread it in the future. The cover looks a bit greyish in the picture, but I assure you that it’s bluer than it seems.

 

Have you read or want to read any of these books? Tell me in the comments!

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