Book Review # 48: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Book Specs Author: Carson McCullers Publisher: Mariner Books Publishing Date: 2000 Number of Pages: 359 pages Genre: Bildungsroman, Psychological Fiction, Southern Gothic Synopsis Carson McCullers’ prodigious first novel was published to instant acclaim when she was just twenty-three. Set in a small town in the middle of the deep South, it is the story of […]

Book Review # 47: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

Book Specs Author: Italo Calvino Translator: William Weaver Publisher: Hardcourt Inc. Publishing Date: March 2016 Number of Pages: 260 pages Genre: Postmodernist Fiction   Synopsis If on a winter’s night a traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a […]

Book Review # 43: Smaller and Smaller Circles

Book Specs Author: F.H. Batacan Publisher: Soho Press, Inc. Publishing Date: 2015 Number of Pages: 357 Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Philippine Literature, Crime Fiction Synopsis Payatas, a 50-acre dump in northeast Manila, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement […]

Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part III)

This is a series. Check out the other parts below: Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part I) Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part II) Mt. Bira-bira and Mt. Naulaw: Brief Respite While we were climbing down to Mt. Bira-bira, we snapped pictures on the numerous rock structures along the trail. Idyllic […]

Book Review # 38: On The Road

Book Specs Author: Jack Kerouac Publisher: Penguin Books Publishing Date: 2008 Number of Pages:  408 pages Genre: Beatnik, Counterculture, Adventure Synopsis During three weeks in 1951, Jack Kerouac wrote the first draft of On the Road–typed as a long, single-spaced paragraph on eight sheets of tracing paper, which he taped together to form a scroll. Representing the […]

Book Review # 37: Wuthering Heights

Book Specs Author: Emily Brontë Publisher: Vintage Classics Publishing Date: 2008 Number of Pages: 357 Genre: Romance, English Fiction, Classic Fiction Synopsis Wuthering Heights is the story of two families both joined and riven by love and hate. Cathy is a beautiful and willful young woman torn between the soft-hearted Edgar, and Heathcliff, the passionate […]

Book Review # 34: The Golden House

Book Specs Author: Salman Rushdie Publisher: Random House Publishing Date: 2017 Number of Pages: 380 Genre: Satirical Synopsis “On the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of “the Gardens”, a cloistered community in New York’s Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within […]

Korean Series: Getting Past the Immigration Officer

Our South Korean dream is finally coming into fruition. After months of preparation, here we are finally on the day of reckoning. But alas, there is still one item on our checklist which filled me with apprehension because I feared it would prematurely end my hopes of traveling to South Korea. And that is getting […]