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 # 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 # 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 […]

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 […]