An Odyssey by Daniel Mendelsohn

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic is: An analysis of Homer’s The Odyssey through a seminar that Daniel Mendelsohn held for college students which was attended by Mendelsohn’s father. A comparison and contrast of Mendelsohn’s relationship with The Odyssey as a student reading it and as a professor teaching it. A portrait…

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Enhanced Community Quarantine, Day 19

It has been three weeks since the nationwide community quarantine was enforced in the Philippines. It would have been an opportune time to get back to blogging. But I was just so out of the loop that the prospect of blogging again paralyzed me. A year ago, I imagined that moving my blog over here…

100 Favorite Books, 2018

My list of 100 favorite books isn’t even 100. I just managed 80. I could push the digits to a hundred if I add works from the same author. But I don’t like that. I like the challenge of choosing just that one work from my favorite authors. Maybe I’d change my mind and make…

Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish

Book Review – Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Why? The book is full of vitality. It appeals so much to the senses. You can see the graffiti in the ghettos, hear the noise of New York streets, smell the grease in Chinatowns, taste fast food burgers and pizza deliveries, and feel the sweat and sandĀ and keloids and…

The Quiet American by Graham Greene

Book Club Book Review – The Quiet American by Graham Greene

The Quiet AmericanĀ is a quintessential book of the American involvement in the Vietnam War. It is seen by some as Greene’s anti-American sentiments. Americans should have known better than to get mixed with the affairs of Vietnam, and now look at what happened. That’s what it seems to be telling me, at least on the…