Week 63: The Master

By | 2018-09-03T20:19:41+00:00 August 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Week 63 - The Master Book Review Colm Tóibín's 2004 novel is a hybrid - not totally fiction, not purely biography. The proper name for it, I think, is creative nonfiction, although there are so many interpretations of that genre that it's difficult to categorize. The Malahat Review awards its Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction [...]

Week 62: American Rust

By | 2018-09-03T20:17:19+00:00 August 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Week 62: American Rust Book Review Since his debut novel was published in 2009, Philipp Meyer has been likened to Steinbeck and Salinger, Faulkner and Hemingway. In 2010 the New Yorker rated him one of the 20 best novelists under 40. The accolades are appropriate, keeping in mind that Meyer, writing at the tail [...]

Week 60: Veronika Decides to Die

By | 2018-09-04T16:07:35+00:00 August 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Week 60: Veronika Decides to Die In 1999, Paulo Coelho wrote an essay for the London Telegraph Review in which he discussed the time he spent in mental institutions in the 1960s, during Brazil's military dictatorship. At the time, he wrote, "the word 'artist' was synonymous with homosexual, communist, drug addict, and layabout." Coelho, who [...]

Week 59: The Vicar of Wakefield

By | 2018-09-05T15:57:14+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Week 59: The Vicar of Wakefield Book Review "I was ever of opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single, and only talked of population." And so, from the very first line of his narrative, Dr. Primrose, the vicar of Wakefield, [...]

Sweet Thursday

By | 2018-09-06T15:37:03+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|

SWEET THURSDAY By Margie Taylor Fifty-three minutes before she’s due to meet the others at the departure terminal, Indira Rasmussen, who has had two days to get used to walking without a filtersuit, stands transfixed in a shop at the corner of Robson and Thurlow. She’s holding a book. Not quite square in shape, [...]

Week 57: Keep the Aspidistra Flying

By | 2018-09-06T16:15:13+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Keep the Aspidistra Flying Book Review Only in a book compiled by an English editor, with the assistance of a team of writers, editors, critics, and reporters who are also, for the most part, English, would George Orwell's third novel, following on the heels of Burmese Days and A Clergyman's Daughter, have made a list [...]