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 […]

South Korea Day 6: A Lonely Soul on a Romantic Evening Stroll

October 27, 2017 Voltaire’s departure worried me at first. He was the one who thoroughly researched and prepared our itinerary. Now that he is has left, Joy and I have only each other to rely on. Although we have made our mind to travel south, we have not prepared any itinerary at all nor do […]

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 # 52: Call Me By Your Name

Book Specs Author: Andre Aciman Publisher: Picador Publishing Date: 2018 Number of Pages: 248 Genre: Romance, Young Adult Fiction Synopsis “Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the […]

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 # 44: Water for Elephants

Book Specs Author: Sara Gruen Publisher: Algonquin Paperbacks Publishing Date: 2006 Number of Pages: 335 pages Genre: Historical, Romance Synopsis When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands […]

Book Review # 41: Possession: A Romance

Book Specs Author: A.S. Byatt Publisher: Vintage Publishing Date: 1991 Number of Pages: 511 Genre: Romance, Poetry, Literary Fiction, English Literature Synopsis Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian […]

Quotable Quotes # 14: Wuthering Heights

Truly one of the best works in classical romance genre, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights has made to my list of all-time favorite books. An interesting story line, a set of interesting characters and a poetic story-telling were all masterfully woven by Bronte in this timeless love story. It is also a well of memorable lines that capture […]