Book Review # 74: The War of the End of the World

Book Specs Author: Mario Vargas Llosa Translator: Helen R. Lane Publisher: Picador Publishing Date: August 2008 Number of Pages:  568 pages Genre: Historical Novel Synopsis Deep within the remote backlands of nineteenth-century Brazil lies Canudos, home to all the damned of the earth: prostitutes, bandits, beggars, and every kind of outcast. It is a place where history […]

Book Review # 73: Catch-22

Book Specs Author: Joseph Heller Publisher: Vintage Publishing Date: 1994 Number of Pages: 519 pages Genre: War Novel, Satirical Novel Synopsis At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war. His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who […]

Book Review # 72: The Master and Margarita

Book Specs Author: Mikhail Bulgakov Translator: Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky Publisher: Penguin Books Publishing Date: 2016 Number of Pages: 396 Genre: Magical Realism, Satirical, Romance, Historical Metafiction Synopsis Nothing in the whole of literature compares with The Master and Margarita. One spring afternoon, the Devil, trailing file and chaos in his wake, weaves himself […]

Book Review # 71: The House of the Spirits

Book Specs Author: Isabel Allende Translator: Magda Bogin Publisher: Everyman’s Library Publishing Date: 2005 Number of Pages: 488 pages Genre: Family Saga, Magical Realism, South American Fiction Synopsis In the triumph of magic realism, Allende constructs a spirit-ridden world and fills it with colourful and all-too-human inhabitants. The Trueba family’s passions, struggles and secrets span three generations […]

September Book Wrap-Up: Man Booker Prize Month

Following my April Asian Literature Month and August Young Adult Fiction Month, I decided to further my literary pursuits by delving into award-winning literary pieces. Over the years, I have accumulated books who have won an array of literary prizes such as Man Booker Prize, Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and Orange Prize. For September, […]

Book Review # 70: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Book Specs Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publishing Date: 2012 Number of Pages: 359 pages Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Bildungsroman Synopsis Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost […]

Book Review # 69: My Neighbor Totoro

Book Specs Original Story and Art: Hayao Miyazaki Novel: Tsugiko Kubo Publisher: Viz Media LLC Publishing Date: 2013 Number of Pages:  244 Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Children’s Fiction, Fantasy, Coming-of-age Synopsis The beloved animation classic by legendary Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, My Neighbor Totoro, is now a novel. This edition features original illustrations by Miyazaki […]