Review: McCarry’s Miernik Dossier

The Miernik Dossier

Charles McCarry

A clever spy novel written as a series of dossiers from the various spies and spy agencies tied up in a confused cold war battle for influence. All the classic spy novel motifs are here: betrayals both political and personal, glamourous and troubled women, troubled and glamorous men, sex, booze, violence.

The hook is that most of the novel takes place while the main characters are driving from Europe to Africa together in a Cadillac. It’s the kind of thing that could be hokey, but in the hands of a writer as talented as McCarry, works. If you’re a fan of the genre, you’ll like this one.

Recommended for the enthusiast.

Review: Morrison’s God Help the Child

God Help the Child: A novel
Toni Morrison

A minor work by a major author, this slim book by one of the greatest American novelists  is beautiful and haunting. It moves back and forth from the allegorical to the realistic tracing the story of Bride, a wounded child who grows into a celebrated, but wounded women. Morrison deals here with race, and gender, and the unique horrors our society metes out to black women. She address child abuse, and dysfunctional relationships, and love. All of it in a way that feels real and devoid of the hectoring tone some political works can have. Beautifully written, you shouldn’t pass this one up.

Recommended.