Book Review # 50: Crime and Punishment

Book Specs Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky Translator: Constance Garnett Publisher: Modern Library Publishing Date: 1950 Number of Pages: 532 pages Genre: Suspense, Psychological Fiction, Russian Literature Synopsis In the whole literature of the subtle and mysterious relationship between man and the crimes he commits, Crime and Punishment stands supreme for its insight, its compassion and its […]

Book Review # 49: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

Book Specs Author: Nadia Hashimi Publisher: William Morrow Publishing Date: April 2017 Number of Pages: 450 pages Genre: Historical, Afghan Literature Synopsis Kabul, 2007: The Taliban rules the streets. With a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can rarely leave the house or attend school. Their only hope lies in the ancient […]

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 # 39: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Book Specs Author: Ken Kesey Publisher: Viking Compass Publishing Date: 1962 Number of Pages: 311 pages Genre: American Literature, Psychological Fiction Synopsis The setting for these defeated lives is a mental institution. The teller of the story, a half-Indian and a long-time inmate, has made the most complete retreat from life of all of them; […]

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 […]

Book Review # 32: The Secret Life of Bees

Book Specs Author: Sue Monk Kidd Publisher: Headline Book Publishing Publishing Date: 2004 Number of Pages: 374 Genre: Bildungsroman Synopsis Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was just four years old. Now at fourteen, she yearns for forgiveness and a mother’s love. Living on a peach farm in South […]