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…

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…

The Garden of Evening Mists

The Garden of Evening Mists (2012) by Tan Twan Eng is a beautifully written story about a woman’s lifelong struggle against anger, guilt, and the memories of her tragic past. Growing up in Malaysia in the 1930’s, Yun Ling Teoh and her family lived a privileged life that was nearly destroyed during the onset of the…