The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
It is a history novel, whose story takes place between 1914 and 1918 and tells all what happened in Europe and in Russia during the First World War. The protagonists are 5 families that the author picked up as the most representative ones in the back then society: Earls, state employees, waitress, a child mine worker and two very poor, unfortunate Russian little orphans.
The most poignant facts come from Russia, where lived my two fictional fave protagonists (the little orphans Grigorij and Lev Peskov) and from Germany, where, as a consequence of the rules and clauses featured in the Versailles Peace Agreement signed in 1919, the Germans were lead into starvation, unemployment, etc…).
This history novel was so well written that I’d recommend it to young students to learn about the 20th century facts, I’d recommend the use of this book in support of their school history book.
I absolutely loved it.
Le Freak: an upside down story of family, disco and life by Nile Rodgers
Nile Rodgers is one of the most successful and influential music producers, but he had to pass a very difficult childhood and to struggle with his mate Bernard Edwards to finally fully reach this level of superstardom. And when he was on top, he was so much into his drug addiction… He reads he had all of the typical clichés of the super rock star (talented, but fragile and into addictions), but what struck me was his childhood.
I’m proud that my music heroes who chose him to co-produce some of their albums and that these albums became most successful ones; I love he’s the one behind the We Are a Family Foundation, an amazing charity project, as the evidence he wasn’t able to help himself during his addiction years, as opposite to someone who is able to help the needful ones.
I’m currently reading The Dome by Stephen King
At first it was a boring read, but at your half read you can figured out what the dome really is … the reading becomes amazing!
One book recommended by Italian critics:
A Delicate Truth by John Le Carré
The 81 years old writer, a.k.a. “the King of spy stories”, is finally back, after a long time hiatus.
The book is about a collaborator of the British Foreign Office, who has to chase an Arabian merchant of weapons in Spain. The chase is going to be a disaster, but three years later the two spies will become friends, to accomplish together a mission that will turn their lives upside down.
Next update in January 2014.