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Cumberbatch Reads Kakfa, Oh My!

Do you love classic literature?  How about Benedict Cumberbatch? If you answered an emphatic “Yes!’ to both, then you’re going to love the latest audio recording of Franz Kafka‘s The Metamorphosis, read by Benedict Cumberbatch. I’ve read this novella a long time ago, but I really don’t mind listening to Benedict Cumberbatch’s deep baritone narrating the…

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March Book Loot

I only read one book in March because I was buddy-reading Middlemarch with a couple of people, but that didn’t stop me from buying new (and used) books to read sooner or later.   Before I Go To Sleep – S.J. Watson The Woman in the Dunes – Kobo Abe White Teeth – Zadie Smith Dept.…

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The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkaku-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan.  The original structure was built in the 1300’s, and later acquired by a Shogun named Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.  In his old age, the shogun was ordained as a zen priest, and after his death, the Kinkaku-ji complex was transformed into…

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February Book Loot

February was a good month for book shopping; I bought 13 books, 3 of which I already read. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion – Yoshio Mishima Soul Mountain – Gao Xingjian The Children’s Book – A.S. Byatt Death with Interruptions – Jose Saramago The Known World – Edward P. Jones Death and the Flower…

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Death and The Flower

The name Koji Suzuki might not ring a bell for most non-Japanese people, but they might be familiar with his horror novel The Ring, which was turned into a movie in Japan, and later, in the United States. The Japanese movie version of The Ring (and its sequel/prequel), was probably the scariest horror movie I’ve ever…

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Pure

Pure, by Andrew Miller, was the Costa Book of the Year in 2011.  I’d never really paid much attention to the Costa Awards, formerly the Whitbread Awards, but apparently, the prize is given annually to outstanding novels by writers from the U.K. and Ireland, with emphasis on a novel’s readability and entertainment factor.  So, basically, it’s a…

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Detective Story

Detective Story is a short but heavy novel written by Imre Kertesz, a Hungarian writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2002. Just a little over 100 pages long, Detective Story is a letter written by Antonio Martens while currently in jail and waiting for his execution day. The novel is set in an unnamed country…

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The Hundred Foot Journey

So despite my earlier rant about being in a reading rut and contemplating whether or not to give up on the two books I’ve been reading, I pushed on and eventually finished Richard Morais’ The Hundred Foot Journey. Though not exactly a great piece of literature, The Hundred Foot Journey, it is, at least, not the worst…