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…

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…

Taking On The Challenge

While browsing BookerTalk, one of the bookish blogs I follow, I came across the Official 2015 TBR Pile Challenge, hosted by Roof Beam Reader. The challenge is designed to get you to read 12 books that have been on your TBR pile forever (ok, just at least more than a year, but we all know that…

The Sleeper and the Spindle

Neil Gaiman recently released two fairy-tale graphic novels, or more precisely, two illustrated fairy-tale short stories: Hansel and Gretel, and The Sleeper and the Spindle; both a remake of sorts of well-know, beloved, classic fairy-tales. The Sleeper and the Spindle is sort of a mash-up of two classic fairy-tales, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White, complete with…

The Comfort of Strangers

The Comfort of Strangers (1981) is a short novel by Ian McEwan about a couple on vacation in an unnamed city which fits the description of Venice, Italy. Mary and Colin are neither married, nor living together, but have known each other for some time, and are in a loving but strained relationship.  During their vacation,…

In Evil Hour

In Evil Hour (La Mala Hora) is a short novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez published in 1962, 5 years before One Hundred Years of Solitude. Though not exactly a prelude, it does mention Macondo, Colonel Aureliano Buendia, in passing. In a small Columbian village, lampoons exposing secrets and scandals of the residents are being put up mysteriously in…

‘Tis The Season To Be….gloomy?

Even though I have a ton of books waiting to be read, I still can’t decide which one(s) I will be reading during the holiday season. Out of curiosity, I looked back on my blog to see what I was reading this time last year, and the year before that, and the year before that….to see…