In the Pond by Ha Jin was a very quick and light read, but ultimately unsatisfying. It is a satirical story about Shao Bin, an intellectual peasant’s valiant yet comical battle with communist bureaucracy during the Mao years of the Cultural Revolution. Bin works in a fertilizer plant and despite his seniority is denied better … More In the Pond: “when less is simply less”
I always love a good short story collection and Crystal Wilkinson impresses me yet again with her second book, Water Street. I also read her most recent novel, The Birds of Opulence, in on setting and found it to be breathtaking. Now I am compelled to read her first book, Blackberries, Blackberries. Each chapter centers around the … More Water Street: Secrets to tell, secrets to keep
Goat Days, by Benyamin, was by far my most highly anticipated book for some time. I was finally able to get my eager hands on it, and the long wait paid back in full. It’s an English translation of a story written in Malayalam, a language with over 30 million speakers in India. The story, … More Goat Days: An Epic on Survival
After a long hiatus I thought the best way to get back into the swing of things was to reread a favorite. And because I’ve run out of books.. Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai was a more enjoyable experience the second time around, probably because I savored the words and paused , pondered and questioned. … More Fasting, Feasting: A feast for the soul
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..