Therese Raquin

When it was first serialized in 1867, Emile Zola’s novel Therese Raquin was considered scandalous and “putrid” by critics, and no wonder, as the novel describes the sordid adulterous and murderous activities of the eponymous character and her lover. A relatively slim novel, the story starts with Therese’s strange circumstances, raised by her aunt as…

Four Classical Novels of Chinese Literature

I’m just one book away from completing my collection of the Four Classical Novels of Chinese Literature.  The editions of the three of the four novels I have are not the best translations, but as I am not a scholar of Chinese or Asian literature or any kind of literature for that matter, I am…

A Pair of Blue Eyes

I’ve been so busy lately with work and other stuff that I nearly forgot about the last book I read, which is Thomas Hardy‘s A Pair of Blue Eyes.  While reading Tess of the D’Urbervilles, I resolved to read, if not all, then most of Thomas Hardy’s novels.  I don’t exactly know why I had…

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

A few weeks ago, I had the sudden urge to read Thomas Hardy‘s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. I’ve heard of it before but had no idea what it was about.  The only other Thomas Hardy novel I’ve read is Far From the Madding Crowd, so when, for reasons unknown, I suddenly wanted to read Tess…

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 1800s, which is summed up nicely in its famous opening lines, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family…

Back to the Classics Challenge 2017

The last time I did a Back to the Classics Challenge was back in 2012, and I don’t think I did very well.  I like this challenge because it’s a good way to force encourage myself to read the Classics, which I enjoy, but sometimes forgo for easier, more contemporary reads.  I think it’s time…

November Book Loot

Ten books for the month of November, some of which I bought abroad personally, and others I bought abroad, online.   Early November, I went to Hong Kong and visited a branch of their wonderful bookstore, Page One; went home with the following:  One the Road – Jack Kerouac – I hate to admit that…

October Book Loot

I try to post something on here at least once a week, but recently, because I haven’t been reading as much, it takes me about 2 weeks before I can post anything. I still don’t have a book review to post – though I will have one soon, so here’s my book loot for the past month:…

September Book Loot

September is my favorite month, so it goes without saying it inspired me to buy books multitudinously (it’s a word….according to Monsieur Alexandre Dumas). I bought 13 books this month, which I thought was the most so far, but looking back, it seems like I had also bought as many books back in February.  Oh…