Book Review: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous - Ocean Vuong (Random House, 2019) What can I say about On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous that hasn't already been said? Across the board, I read rave reviews for Ocean Vuong's first novel so I was excited to take my turn in the library queue. (And somehow ended up with… Continue reading Book Review: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Book Review: Going After Cacciato – Tim O’Brien

"The soldier is not a photographic machine. He is not a camera. He registers, so to speak, only those few items that he is predisposed to register and not a single thing more. Do you understand this? So I am saying to you that after a battle each soldier will have different stories to tell,… Continue reading Book Review: Going After Cacciato – Tim O’Brien

Book Review: The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh

After reading The Lotus Eaters (read my review here), it seemed fitting to read something about the Vietnam War from a North Vietnam perspective. The Sorrow of War was written by Bao Ninh, who served as a teenager for North Vietnam. While the book is fictional, it's easy to imagine that it's based on a… Continue reading Book Review: The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh

Book Review: The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

The Lotus Eaters begins with the following quote from The Odyssey: Those who ate the honeyed fruit of the plant lost any wish to come back and bring us news. All they now wanted was to stay where they were with the Lotus-eaters, to browse on the lotus, and to forget all thoughts of return.… Continue reading Book Review: The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli