Saturday, February 20, 2010

January's Pick: Nikolski

Fantastic Mr. Fox was pretty good, though the movie was better. I will attempt a full review at a later date, but for now let's reveal the pick for January: Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner. Published in French in 2005, it was translated into English in 2008 and subsequently won the Governor General's Literary Award for Translation. In 2010, it's becoming popular once again as it is a selection for this year's Canada Reads competition on CBC Radio One. It is a story about "three young people" who "follow their personal songs of migration". The back cover synopsis may seem overdramatic, but it actually worked, as it convinced me to give it a try (being $10 at Chapters right now doesn't hurt, either). It seems like a true Canadian tale, a coming together of unlikely compatriots to overcome the odds, and with a few jokes thrown in for good measure. I am looking forward to it.

Right now, however, I am in the middle of The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger, the current selection for the other Book Club I am involved in, the Chapters Rideau Book Club. So far, so good. I am enjoying it. I am looking forward to our book club meeting on February 24th at 7pm. All are welcome to attend - it should be exciting!

1 comment:

Hagelrat said...

I got the impression the movie made some changes. I love this book so much from my childhood I don't know if I even want to see it reimagined for a movie.