Back to the Classics Challenge: Anna Karenina

What can I say about Leo Tolstoy‘s Anna Karenina that hasn’t already been said by one reader or another?  It’s a long, complex, bittersweet novel about the lives of aristocratic families in Russia in the late 1800’s, summed up nicely in its famous opening lines:  “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy…

The Rosales Saga Book 1: Po-on

Po-on is the first in the 5-book Rosales Saga by Filipino writer, F. Sionil Jose.  Po-on recounts the lives and hardships of the Samson family at the hands of Spanish oppressors, at the turn of the 19th century. Not uncommon during the time before the revolution, Filipino tenants were often ordered by friars and landlords to…