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 […]