Week 7: A Fine Balance – an unforgettable journey into the heart of Everyman

A Fine Balance review Forty-eight hours after finishing Rohinton Mistry's sweeping narrative set in India between 1975 and 1984, I remain gripped by the story, unable and unwilling to relinquish this astonishing, transformational odyssey. The characters are unforgettable: the beggar known as Worm who, lacking legs and hands, scuttles along the pavement on a wheeled [...]

By |2018-09-08T21:01:43+00:00July 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Week 6: The Tin Flute, Quebec’s first urban novel

The Tin Flute review One thing about majoring in English at university, you read a lot of books. You also accumulate a lot of books, some of which you get around to reading at some point. Others end up being those books that sit on your bookshelves and get packed up in boxes and [...]

By |2018-09-08T21:06:44+00:00July 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Week 5: Is The Diviners a better read when you’re older?

The Diviners review I ask that question because it's been so long since I first read this, Margaret Laurence's fifth and final novel, that I came to it this week with almost no memory of the narrative. I remembered Morag Gunn, the heroine, and I remembered Pique, her daughter, who at 18 was so [...]

By |2018-09-08T21:12:22+00:00July 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 4: Re-reading “Alias Grace”

Alias Grace book review I first read Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace shortly after it was published. I've always considered it one of my three Atwood favourites, together with The Handmaid's Tale and the classic Surfacing (both of which, by the way, are on my 1001 Books bucket list and will be read and reviewed [...]

By |2018-09-08T21:19:08+00:00July 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment