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Week 97: Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera book review Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez, who died in 2014 at the age of 87, has been called the greatest Colombian who ever lived. Affectionately known throughout Latin America as Gabo, or Gabito, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the [...]

By | 2019-06-11T14:27:21+00:00 June 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 96: The Cider House Rules

The Cider House Rules book review John Irving has said that he always starts with the last sentence, then works his way backwards through the plot, to the beginning of the story. It's a technique that has served him well; he's written 14 novels and nine of them have been best-sellers. The Cider House Rules [...]

By | 2019-05-28T14:57:54+00:00 May 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 95: The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible book review There is something refreshingly old-fashioned about this, Barbara Kingsolver's best-selling tale of an evangelical minister who takes his family to the Republic of Congo in 1959, just as the country is on the verge of putting an end to colonial rule. The story is told in a series of [...]

By | 2019-05-14T14:05:58+00:00 May 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 94: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being book review The Prague Spring was a period of mass protests against the Soviet Union, beginning in January, 1968, and continuing until August of that year. For a few months, under the leadership of Alexander Dubček, the citizens of the former Czechoslovakia experienced a liberalization of restrictions on travel, free [...]

By | 2019-05-01T20:24:15+00:00 May 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Week 92: The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley book review The genius of Patricia Highsmith in this, her first Tom Ripley novel, is to create a villain so complex and vulnerable that you can't help rooting for him. He cons his way through life, defrauds and exploits those who trust him, and even commits murder. Twice. And yet [...]

By | 2019-04-08T23:03:31+00:00 April 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 91: The Inheritance of Loss

The Inheritance of Loss book review   Kiran Desai's second novel, which was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2006, is a multigenerational tale of migration, identity, and the cultural legacy of colonialism. If this sounds a bit too academic for your tastes, let me assure you that The Inheritance of Loss, while disturbing [...]

By | 2019-04-02T16:41:11+00:00 April 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 90: Brave New World

Brave New World book review O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't. — William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene I Brave New World was not the first dystopian novel of the 20th century; that honour goes, most likely, to Yevgeni [...]

By | 2019-03-27T14:57:20+00:00 March 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments