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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…

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 sand and keloids and…

The Quiet American by Graham Greene

Book Club Book Review – The Quiet American by Graham Greene

The Quiet American 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…

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Book Review – The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks tells the story of Holly Sykes and it covers six decades of her life. It begins with a teenage Holly running away from her family and ends with a granny Holly trying to survive in a dystopian future where the world’s oil resource has run out. The novel is divided into six novella-length…

Inverted World by Christopher Priest

Book Review – Inverted World by Christopher Priest

Inverted World is a hard science fiction novel that was republished by NYRB Classics, which might be a surprise considering the impressive, and obscure, titles that the imprint carries. If you visit NYRB’s online store and click science fiction, you’d see that there are only less than ten books under this tag. This is an intriguing choice…

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

Book Club Book Review – The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

The Maltese Falcon is one of those books that I approached with a mild hesitation because the last time I read a proper crime fiction, I nailed it as the worst book of that year. That’s two years ago, and I’m not obviously over it. Private Detective Sam Spade is hired by a beautiful woman to track…