S. Becker

Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (23 of 27)
Location: Australia
Birthday: Oct. 26
In My Own Words:
I don't read as much as I used to. My two children and work keep me very busy. But it is still my main form of relaxation - far above television any day.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 444,109 - Total Helpful Votes: 23 of 27
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is the second novel I have read by Haruki Murakami, and Sputnik Sweetheart has many of the key ingredients of his other works. The narrator is a benign twenty-something male. The girl he is sweet on disappears without a trace. An enigmatic older woman, with a bizarre past, helps him look for her. Greek islands, the idea of escaping into wells and several cat stories make an appearance.
But what made this book different was the real feelings of the characters. They were raw, vunerable and exposed. The three main characters made up a loose love triangle. They were each in love, concerned and anxious about it. Wondering if they should make a move. Confused about their identities… Read more
Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Pearl S. Buck's novel tells the story of the Wu family in pre-communist China. Nobel and respected, they have lived for generations in the same tradition. Madame Wu is the mistress of this household, her whole life spent fulfilling the duties of her sex - ministering to her husband, bearing sons, dealing with servants, maintaining a smooth order in the house. But she is intelligent and deeply emotional, and has felt caged by an existence where everyone else come first.
So on her fortieth birthday, Madame Wu decides to "retire" from her duties, to find time for herself. She arranges matters in the house like pieces on a chess board - procuring a concubine for her husband, and marrying… Read more
Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra by Peter Kurth
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This large coffee table style book is essentially a visual record of the last Russian Tsar and his family. It features page after page of large photos - the famous black and white family album shots, many not-so-famous pictures of the family at home and their friend and relatives. These are interspersed with colour photographs of relevant locations (e.g. Alexander Palace, site of the former Impatiev House), which are absolutely stunning purely from a visual point of view. Photos of personal objects that belonged to the family - jewelery, letters and toys are also included.
Along with the photos, there is an accompanying text that tells the basic story. It covers the Romanov saga right… Read more