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 […]

South Korea Day 1: Ewha Woman’s University and a Slight Mishap

October 22, 2017, 3 PM Our first day in Seoul is about to draw to a close. However, we want to maximize our time as much as we can. During our deliberation at Dal.Komm coffee shop, my friends and I decided to cap the day at Ewha Woman’s University, a particularly chic campus which draws […]

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 # 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 […]

Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part I)

2017, It’s All About Getting Back into Shape Before 2017, I managed to climb only four mountains. Most of it was for pleasure rather than for health purposes. However, my perspective began to change in 2017. With an adamantine resolve that I never thought I had, I climbed one mountain at a time. The time to […]

Quotable Quotes # 15: The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees is a wonderful coming-of-age story set in the Deep South. With its creative story-telling, it is poignant portrayal of a story that is within all of us. Kidd enamored readers with her interesting narrator and her astute observation of human behavior. Aside from being a powerhouse narrative, The Secret Life […]