Book Review # 59: The Boat People

Book Specs Author: Sharon Bala Publisher: Doubleday Publishing Date: 2018 Number of Pages: 332 Genre: Asian Fiction, Political Fiction Synopsis When the rusty cargo ship carrying five hundred refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war reaches Vancouver Island’s shores, Mahindan thinks he and his six-year-old son. Sellian, can finally start a new life. Instead, Sellian is […]

Book Review # 58: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Book Specs Author: Haruki Murakami Translator: Alfred Birnbaum Publisher: Vintage International Publishing Date: March 1993 Number of Pages: 400 pages Genre: Magical Realism, Scientific Fiction, Fantasy Synopsis Hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is Haruki Murakami’s deep dive into the very nature of consciousness. Across two parallel narratives, Murakami […]

Book Review # 56: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Book Specs Author: Susanna Clarke Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Publishing Date: 2009 Number of Pages: 1006 pages Genre: Historical, Alternate History, Fantasy, English Fiction Synopsis It is 1806, the Napoleonic Wars are raging, and most people believe magic to have long since disappeared from England – until the reclusive Mr. Norrell reveals his powers and […]

Book Review # 55: Please Look After Mom

Book Specifications Author: Kyung-Sook Shin Translator: Chi-Young Kim Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Publishing Date: 2008 Number of Pages: 237 Pages Genre: Asian Literature, Korean Literature Synopsis A million-plus-copy best seller in Korea – a magnificent English-language debut poised to become an international sensation – this is the stunning, deeply moving story of a family’s search […]

Book Review # 53: The Complete Persepolis

Specifications Author: Marjane Satrapi Publisher: Vintage Publishing Date: 2008 Number of Pages: 343 pages Genre: Historical, Graphic Novel, Biographical, Bildungsroman Synopsis Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a […]