Thursday, 21 November 2013

New Book: The Tapestries by Kien Nguyen

When I have plenty of time on my hands one of the things that I enjoy the most is reading a good book. After the first few pages I can tell if I like the story or not. And once I like it, the book becomes attached to my hands and I find it difficult to leave it. I run through my mum's library the other day and I chose to read a book by Kien Nguyen called "Ta Kentimata" (The Tapestries).

This is a tale of romance and revenge that immerses the reader in the world of a spirited young boy in turn of the century Vietnam. Dan, who is thrust into an arranged marriage at age seven, who secretly witnesses his father's beheading, who escapes certain death by being sold into servitude, and who, ultimately, must choose between passion and family honor when he falls in love with the one woman he can never have.

French coffee and my book

Reading by the fireplace is magical
Top: Kourbela Ioanna, Shorts: Sisley, Gilet: Sessun  
The novel was inspired by the life of the author's grandfather, a tapestry weaver in the last imperial court of Vietnam. It is a lovely read and I strongly recommend it.

Have a great day and read as many books as you can and you have the time for!

Helen xx

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