Book Review # 107: 99 Nights in Logar

Book Specs Author: Jamil Jan Kochai Publisher: Viking Publishing Date: January 2019 Number of Pages: 275 pages Genre: Bildungsroman Synopsis Twelve-year-old Marwand’s memories from his previous visit to Afghanistan six years ago center on his contentious relationship with Budabash, the terrifying but beloved dog who guards his extended family’s compound in the rural village of […]

Book Review # 105: Middlemarch

Book Specs Author: George Eliot Publisher: Everyman Publishing Date: 1997 Number of Pages:  747 Genre: Novel, Bildungsroman, Realism, Classic Synopsis Subtitled ‘A Study of Provincial Life’, George Eliot’s greatest novel is a tale of many marriages centering on the town of Middlemarch. A complex web, Middlemarch society is woven of myriad lives: the ardent idealist Dorothea […]

Book Review # 104: The Fountainhead

Book Specs Author: Ayn Rand Publisher: Signet Book Publishing Date: 1943 Number of Pages: 687 pages Genre: Romance, Philosophical Synopsis This is the story of an intransigent young architect, of his violent battle against the world’s standards and conventions and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who loved him passionately yet struggled to […]

Book Review # 103: The House of Broken Angels

Book Specs Author: Luis Alberto Urrea Publisher: Little Brown and Company Publishing Date: March 2018 Number of Pages: 326 pages Genre: Domestic Fiction, Hispanic Fiction Synopsis In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But […]

Book Review # 102: The Catcher in the Rye

Book Specs Author: J.D. Salinger Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Publishing Date: May 1991 Number of Pages:  214 pages Genre: Bildungsroman, Literary Realism Synopsis The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep […]

Book Review # 101: Mrs. Dalloway

Book Specs Author: Virginia Woolf Publisher: Harcourt Inc. Publishing Date: 1925 Number of Pages:  194 pages Genre: Modernism, Fiction Synopsis Mrs. Dalloway is the portrait of a single day in a woman’s life. Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of party preparation – fresh flower shopping, new dress buying, and festive room decorating. […]

Book Review # 100: War and Peace

Book Specs Author: Leo Tolstoy Translator: Constance Garnett Publisher: The Modern Library Publishing Date: 2002 Number of Pages:  1386 pages Genre: Historical fiction Synopsis Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic Wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy’s genius is […]

Book Review # 98: The White Tiger

Book Specs Author: Aravind Adiga Publisher: Atlantic Books Publishing Date: 2009 Number of Pages:  321 pages Genre: Picaresque Fiction, Mystery Synopsis Meet Balram Halwai, the “White Tiger”: Servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer… India: The Light and the Dark Before I even begin realizing it, 2018 has shaped up to be the year of the Man Booker […]