The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian (Chaesikju-uija), by Han Kang, is a South Korean novel which won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.  It is a short novel about a young woman Yeong-Hye, who after a strange dream, suddenly decides to become a vegetarian.  The novel is divided into three parts, each focusing on a different character.  The first part, “The…

On Chesil Beach

Ian McEwan novels never fail to engage me, whether it’s over a 500 pages, or just under 200.  The same can be said about his 2007 novella, On Chesil Beach, about the ill-fated wedding night of a young couple, Edward and Florence. Florence is a talented violinist, and Edward, a young historian, and as the…

The Sellout

I just finished reading Paul Beatty‘s The Sellout, the Man Booker Prize winner of 2016.  It’s a short, strange, witty novel that, though seemingly humorous, tackles very serious social and cultural issues. The novel starts with the protagonist, a first name-less African-American Mr. Me, high on his homegrown marijuana at the Supreme Court of the…

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…

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.…