Book Review: “Lincoln in the Bardo”

A hard book to rate. First thing: this book is impressive. The story, concept, research, form, and technique, made this book undoubtedly very important. But, I found it hard at times to be emotional because of the visuals: like a play, it's completely written in active voice, but each speaker's name is written at the … Continue reading Book Review: “Lincoln in the Bardo”

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Book Review: “Grief is the Thing with Feathers”

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter I finished this book in one sitting after finally getting it at the bookstore. It's extraordinary, it's brilliant. It's poetry, it's "polyphonic fable", it's something you may have never read before. Read the synopsis and you'll be intrigued by the concept being proposed. Read the book … Continue reading Book Review: “Grief is the Thing with Feathers”

Book Review: “Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was”

by Sjón I nod to the notion that the interpretation of any art form is left to its viewer. Once the painter, the sculptor, or the writer, releases the work out to the public, the creator no longer own its origin in making. I don’t understand paintings --let alone sculpture-- but I adore the theatre … Continue reading Book Review: “Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was”

Book Review: “All the Light We Cannot See”

It’s been a while since I last read a book as touching as this one. Anthony Doerr masterfully tells the story in short chapters - no longer than five pages each - flowing with detail. I found myself too emotional to flip a page at times, but I always did to answer my urgent question, “Then what … Continue reading Book Review: “All the Light We Cannot See”

Book Review: “Kitchen” (and “Moonlight Shadow”), Banana Yoshimoto

Just finished a book by another Japanese writer, this one with young people set in the more recent years. I was actually reading another book of speeches, but it was left behind when I moved so I can't finish it yet. Banana Yoshimoto's style is contemplative and fresh. If you like Murakami, most likely you'll … Continue reading Book Review: “Kitchen” (and “Moonlight Shadow”), Banana Yoshimoto

Book review: “The Life of a Stupid Man”, “Testimonies”, and “Death Register” (Little Black Classics #56)

I'm starting a new routine of writing a review on every book I've finished. So far I've produced 2 reviews. Here's one, on a small compilation of a 'Japanese modernist writer' Ryunosuke Akutagawa's works, written with a sangfroid.   Ryunosuke Akutagawa is sceptic about living, but too curious to let himself die. His younger self, … Continue reading Book review: “The Life of a Stupid Man”, “Testimonies”, and “Death Register” (Little Black Classics #56)