Book Review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black has not even been available for a month but it's already showing up on all sorts of award lists for the year, including The Man Booker Prize and the Giller Prize. (Edugyan won the Giller Prize for her last novel, Half Blood Blues.) I know Esi slightly in real life, back in my Victoria days. She… Continue reading Book Review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

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Book Review: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

I've been to Beijing and stood in Tiananmen Square three times in my life. The first time was, I believe late 1988 or early 1989, before our family moved to Canada at the end of 1989. I would have been about three years old on that first trip and I have no memories of the… Continue reading Book Review: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Book Review: The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Picador, 2015)

I wasn't familiar with Paul Beatty's work before this past year when he became the first American to win the Man Booker Prize. Once I heard a little more about his style, I was eager to read The Sellout and it happily did not disappoint. The Sellout is satirical, uncomfortable, entertaining, eye-opening, and sometimes confusing.… Continue reading Book Review: The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Picador, 2015)

Book Review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Sometimes I read books and wonder if maybe I'm not quite smart enough for them. The Vegetarian is a short but complex novel. It's beautiful and brutal and I was left feeling like there was a lot more to it than what I was picking up. The Vegetarian is divided into three parts - moving… Continue reading Book Review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Flanagan's novel of Australian soldiers in World War Two is well-written. I wouldn't say too well-written but the detail of certain horrors it describes is hard to take. I don't know that I've ever felt so physically ill while reading a novel before. Reading this was often like someone - Flanagan, I suppose - holding… Continue reading Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Book Review – To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

A couple of chapters in and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Little, Brown & Co, 2014) began to make me feel like I need to book a dentist appointment. Though probably not with Paul O'Rourke, the main character, narrator, and dentist of the novel. Paul is outwardly successful - he owns his dental… Continue reading Book Review – To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris