First, a lot of thanks to magoffleash for the inspiration to write again a post that’s more than 6 lines deep. Also, I’m saying congratulations to her for an amazing blog! Among the many I follow on WP, hers is the blog I click as soon as an email arrives. Seriously. I love the feel … More Five Memoirs, Five Bloggers, No Wailing!
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. (The more they change, the more they stay the same.) –Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr While not entirely bleak, the status of women in this country is still not something to jump up and down about. The recent spate of killing, raping, and tawdry female rivalry and jealousy is … More Superwomen, and the not-so-super…
What are the chances of my finding Jeanette Winterson‘s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit in a grimy underpass “bookstore” in City Hall sold by a grungy man in rimless glasses who speaks of Barthes and Foucault like they’re his San Mig buddies? Not very many, to be sure, and the postmodern Winterson would have … More Winterson’s Oranges and Lovers
Even the best of readers might be put off by its plodding style—after all, Never Let Me Go does not seem to get off the ground as “normal” plots go. All we have is the voice of Kathy H., a sensitive narrator who addresses putative readers as her familiars, who takes us through the labyrinthine … More Never Let Memory Go: A Book Review of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go
Fresh from a literary coup with the publication of The Bookseller of Kabul in 2002 (for which she gained a big following and a bigger lawsuit), Åsne Seierstad returns to characteristic edge-of-the-seat reporting when she goes to Iraq to report on a country on the brink of disaster. Baghdad in the run up to the invasion by … More A Review of A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal
The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only. An idea at the back of it; not a sentimental pretence … More “Empire Fights Back”: Bombs, Burqa and The Bookseller of Kabul
One reason why I eagerly picked up The Kite Runner, besides knowing it is on ALA’s 100 Most Challenged Books of the decade, was that the book had made it to Ateneo’s reading list for seniors in high school, and then, as soon as most of us parents had bought the book for our sons, … More Children of the divide, redemption, and kite running: A Review of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner