Book Review # 74: The War of the End of the World

Book Specs Author: Mario Vargas Llosa Translator: Helen R. Lane Publisher: Picador Publishing Date: August 2008 Number of Pages:  568 pages Genre: Historical Novel Synopsis Deep within the remote backlands of nineteenth-century Brazil lies Canudos, home to all the damned of the earth: prostitutes, bandits, beggars, and every kind of outcast. It is a place where history […]

Book Review # 73: Catch-22

Book Specs Author: Joseph Heller Publisher: Vintage Publishing Date: 1994 Number of Pages: 519 pages Genre: War Novel, Satirical Novel Synopsis At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war. His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who […]

Book Review # 72: The Master and Margarita

Book Specs Author: Mikhail Bulgakov Translator: Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky Publisher: Penguin Books Publishing Date: 2016 Number of Pages: 396 Genre: Magical Realism, Satirical, Romance, Historical Metafiction Synopsis Nothing in the whole of literature compares with The Master and Margarita. One spring afternoon, the Devil, trailing file and chaos in his wake, weaves himself […]

Book Review # 71: The House of the Spirits

Book Specs Author: Isabel Allende Translator: Magda Bogin Publisher: Everyman’s Library Publishing Date: 2005 Number of Pages: 488 pages Genre: Family Saga, Magical Realism, South American Fiction Synopsis In the triumph of magic realism, Allende constructs a spirit-ridden world and fills it with colourful and all-too-human inhabitants. The Trueba family’s passions, struggles and secrets span three generations […]

September Book Wrap-Up: Man Booker Prize Month

Following my April Asian Literature Month and August Young Adult Fiction Month, I decided to further my literary pursuits by delving into award-winning literary pieces. Over the years, I have accumulated books who have won an array of literary prizes such as Man Booker Prize, Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and Orange Prize. For September, […]

Book Review # 68: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Book Specs Author: Zora Neale Hurston Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics Publishing Date: 2006, first edition published on September 18, 1937  Number of Pages: 193 Genre: African-American Fiction, Classical Fiction, Classics Synopsis One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston’s beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring […]

Book Review # 65: Tender is the Night

Book Specs Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Limited Publishing Date: 2016 Number of Pages: 302 Genre: Romance, Classic Synopsis “The French Riviera of the mid-1920s is the new playground for rich Americans, among them elegant heiress Nicole Warren and her husband, ambitious psychiatrist Dick Diver. The Divers’ renowned hospitality brings celebrities and socialites […]

Book Review # 62: The New York Trilogy

Book Specs Author: Paul Auster Publisher: Penguin Books Publishing Date: 1990 Number of Pages: 371 Genre: Short Stories, Detective Fiction, Postmodern, Mystery Fiction Synopsis “CITY OF GLASS As a result of a strange phone call in the middle of the night, Quinn, a writer of detective stories, becomes enmeshed in a case ore puzzling than […]