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Book Reflections – The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

I enjoyed watching the suspenseful and engaging film of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. I was hesitant to read the book because I suspected that it would not be too familiar and … Continue reading

June 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Leech by Cora Sandel

Cora Sandel is the pen name of Sara Cecilia Görvell Fabricius, a writer and painter, born in Norway in 1880. She wrote several collections of short stories and about five … Continue reading

June 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

I first remember becoming familiar with painting in l7th century Holland in Girl with a Pearl Earring (about the famous painter Vermeer) then less about painting but about a similar … Continue reading

June 1, 2018 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – Once in a House on Fire by Andrea Ashworth

I was captivated from start to finish by Andrea Ashworth’s autobiography Once in a House on Fire. Ashworth maintained a constant, thrilling pace, skipping from brilliantly rendered vignette to vignette … Continue reading

May 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Permanent Resident by Roanna Gonsalves

A friend contacted me recently saying that she’d just been to Sydney writers’ festival and had chatted with her friend Roanna Gonsalves, winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Multicultural … Continue reading

May 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Shallows by Nicholas Carr

A friend recommended that I read The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. This is an informative but overly long and single-minded book. Carr … Continue reading

May 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Slowly Down the Ganges by Eric Newby

This is the third book by Eric Newby that I’ve read. I was attracted to this book because Newby was accompanied by his wife Wanda on this journey of over … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

This is my second time enjoying reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. I read the translation from the French by Alison Anderson. About 10 years ago a … Continue reading

April 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Collector Collector by Tibor Fischer

Under the Frog by Tibor Fischer was very entertaining for me. It was one of my first reads of the strange, comic, satirical skill of eastern European and Russian writers … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Sellout by Paul Beatty

After enjoying reading Paul Beatty’s The White Boy Shuffle, I left a gap of several books before reading the Man Booker Prize winning The Sellout. Once again Beatty impressed me … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · Leave a comment
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