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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…

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January Book Loot

Despite my recent reading rut, I did manage to buy quite a number of books in January.  I’ve already read one of the books in that pile (The Hundred Foot Journey), and currently reading another (Pure). I’m looking forward to starting Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, starting with Annihilation, because I’ve ready so many good…

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Wolf Hall: The Mini-Series

For those of you who missed it, BBC Two aired its first episode of the Wolf Hall mini-series, an adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s award winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, last Wednesday, January 21. **Warning:  May contain spoilers** The 6-part mini-series which combines the the first and second book of the series chronicles the…

Reading Rut…

2015 is off to a bad start in terms of reading.  The books I’m reading this month are turning out to be either very mediocre or seemingly pointless, and I’m not all that motivated to continue. I’m about a hundred pages into Ben Okri’s The Famished Road, and about 70 pages into Richard Morais’ A Hundred Food Journey,…

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Small Memories

I’m not a big fan of Jose Saramago, and I don’t usually read memoirs / autobiographies / biographies, so imagine my surprise when, after seeing a copy of his memoirs Small Memories, and browsing through it, I was drawn into it, and afterwards really enjoyed it. I’ll admit that before Small Memories, I have never successfully read…

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The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

India’s Most Private Investigator, Vish Puri and his slew of sleuths are back in Tarquin Hall‘s second book in the Vish Puri series, The Case of the Man who Died Laughing.   Like in the first novel, The Case of the Missing Servant, Vish Puri must solve a murder. But unlike the Case of the Missing…

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2014

Despite the changes in my life that is viewed by many to be detrimental to reading, 2014 was a very good reading year for me; in fact, the best when it came to number of books read.  I read a total of 38 books, the closest I ever came to accomplishing my goal of 50.  I could…

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The Strange Library

I really don’t know if Haruki Murakami is brilliant, or just plain weird. I just finished his recently translated novella, The Strange Library, which, true to its name, was very strange.  Apart from that, I really don’t know what to make of it. The novella, The Strange Library, really more like a short story, tells…

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan was the Booker Prize winner for 2014.  It mainly follows the life of Dorrigo Evans, a boy from a small town in Australia, who grew up to become a doctor and soldier, and later suffered at the hands of the Japanese as a Prisoner of War during…