Book Review # 46: Sense and Sensibility

Book Specs Author: Jane Austen Publisher: Penguin Books Publishing Date: 1995 Number of Pages: 323 Genre: English Fiction, Romance, Bildungsroman Synopsis As the title of Jane Austen’s first published novel suggests, the difference between two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, lies not only in their appearance but also in their temperament. Yet Sense and Sensibility not only contrasts Elinor’s […]

Book Review # 40: Midnight’s Children

Book Specs Author: Salman Rushdie Publisher: Penguin Books Publishing Date: 1991 Number of Pages: 533 pages Genre: Historical Fiction, Magical Realism Synopsis Born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, at the precise moment of India’s independence, the infant Saleem Sinai is celebrated in the press and welcomed by Prime Minister Nehru himself. […]

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 # 35: Thousand Cranes

Book Specs Author: Yasunari Kawabata Translator: Edward G. Seidensticker Publisher: Penguin Classics Publishing Date: 2011 Number of Pages: 101 Genre: Historical, Japanese Literature Synopsis Kikuji has been invited to a tea ceremony by a mistress of his dead father. He is shocked to find there the mistress’s rival and successor, Mrs. Ota, and that the […]