This book buried itself in my heart. I forced myself to pace through it, to cherish it, to stretch out the experience for as long as possible because I could have hungrily ripped through the 600 pages in a day. I haven’t come across a novel in such a long time that had me savoring … More East of Eden: The Power of Choice
A Small Circus is a fascinating, bizarre novel set in a provincial town in Germany in 1929. Rudolf Ditzen (pen name Hans Fallada, 1893-1947) creates a microcosm of the turbulent socio-political atmosphere in Germany on the eve of Hitler’s rise. The story revolves around the fraught relationship between rural farmers who live outside the town and the State … More A Small Circus called Politics
I want to cultivate a regular blogging habit by at least posting once a week. But I’m reading slower than I’d like lately due to the vicissitudes of life and it’s already been two weeks,, I can see the cobwebs forming. So I thought I’d do an update on what I hope to read in May (and probably … More What I’ll be reading this month..
I absolutely loved Kazuo Ishiguro’s other novel, The Remains of the Day, so I had high expectations for his far more popular work, Never Let Me Go. But I was left largely dissatisfied. One could classify this book as science fiction and dystopian, but the story is far more about character relationships with the SciFi … More Never Let Me Go kind of let me down
Leo Tolstoy’s short story begins with the funeral of Ivan Ilych (you can read the full story here). We witness the ceremony through Ilych’s friend who is greatly disturbed by such a stark reminder of mortality. The sight of Ilych’s open casket plunges him into psychological turmoil, which he desperately tries to shake off by … More The Death of Ivan Ilych: What is the right way to live?
This absorbing tale follows the rise of Zayni Barakat, the enigmatic Governor of Cairo, during the last tumultuous stage of Mamluk rule before the devastating conquest of the Ottoman Empire (1500-1517). The author, Gamal al-Ghitani, paints a city besieged with fear. The inhabitants face a variety of grim prospects such as attacks from Mamluk soldiers, arbitrary laws … More Zayni Barakat: on Power and Justice
I found this to be a quirky yet poignant rags to riches tale that actually made me laugh out loud at several points. Charles Dickens employs wit and dark comedy to perfection. The story follows Pip an orphan with latent desires for greatness, desires that would remain unrealized in the backwater countryside in which he … More Great Expectations exceeded my expectations