What I Read – November 2018

After my lacklustre showing for October, I kicked my reading up a notch for November READ: A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth (Little, Brown & Company, 1993) (Read my full review here.) Fat, ligament, muscle, blood, hair, affection, pity, despair, anxiety, illness: all were no more. She had dispersed. She was the garden at Prem… Continue reading What I Read – November 2018

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Book Review: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

I had put off reading Cutting for Stone for quite some time, mostly, I think, from a fear that it couldn't live up to its hype. The good news is, it definitely can and does The book is set in Addis, Ethiopa in the 1950s and 60s. Knowing very little about that time and place,… Continue reading Book Review: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

What I Read – June 2016

A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby (Riverhead Books, 2005) Monkey Beach - Eden Robinson (Vintage Canada, 2001) Modern Lovers - Emma Straub (Random House, 2016) The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery (McClelland & Stewart, 1989) Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace (Back Bay Books, 2006) Last Child in the Woods - Richard Louv (Algonquin… Continue reading What I Read – June 2016

Book Review: Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson

While Monkey Beach takes place in British Columbia, the same province in which I live, it really is worlds away. Set in the tiny Haisla community of Kitamaat, we follow Lisamarie Hill in the aftermath of her brother Jimmy's disappearance. The First Nations community (Edited to add: It was brought to my attention that "First… Continue reading Book Review: Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson

What I Read – December 2015

No Great Mischief - Alistair MacLeod (W.W. Norton & Company, 2000) The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollan (Penguin Books, 2006) ...however we choose to feed ourselves, we eat by the grace of nature, not industry, and what we're eating is never anything more or less than the body of the world. Ru - Kim Thúy… Continue reading What I Read – December 2015

Book Review: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Let's talk about story. And narration. And unreliable narrators and memory and aging. Each of these subjects is what Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending is really about. The plot is really more of an excuse to examine these topics. That's not to say there is no plot or that the plot is no… Continue reading Book Review: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

What I Read – October 2015

The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney (Penguin Canada, 2006) Read my review here. The Bone Sharps - Tim Bowling (Gaspereau Press, 2007) Read my review here. Remembrance - Alistair MacLeod (McClelland & Stewart, 2012) The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes (Vintage Canada, 2012) Beatrice & Virgil - Yann Martel (Alfred A. Knopf… Continue reading What I Read – October 2015