Book report #11 (2022)

Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro. Pub 2021 I selected this book as a Christmas present, based on my recent reads of other Ishiguro works. Oddly, I have not read his most famous, The Remains of the Day, but I suppose that will happen eventually. Klara is an android/robot, known in the novel's world as... Continue Reading →

Book report #9 (2022)

Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell. Pub 1949. As I saw on Twitter recently, satire writers are having a hard time these days keeping up with reality. In the current state of the world, reality seems like it must be satire, and writers have difficulty making up things that are too absurd. There are also plenty... Continue Reading →

Book report #2 (2022)

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. Pub 2014 I've wanted to read this one for a while, and so was glad to have the new prize category to push it to the top of the tsundoku pile. This book was excellent - complex, well researched, engaging characters, surprising twists, and clever connections.... Continue Reading →

Book report #26 (2021)

The Scarlet Letter: A Romance, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Pub 1850 When I read this book back in 1983, it was under duress - a high school requirement. This novel was part of what we referred to as the 'fallen women' section of Grade 12 english, a trilogy of reading that including this, Doctor Zhivago, and Tess... Continue Reading →

Book report #22 (2020)

Dubliners, by James Joyce. Pub 1914I've had this slim old book for many years now, and since "a book you feel you ought to read" is one of this year's categories and Joyce is one of those canonical authors one feels should be read, I decided to add it to the vacation library. I was... Continue Reading →

Book reports 5, 6, and 7 (2019)

Vacations makes such a lovely time to read... Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver. Pub 2018   After putting this aside after 2/3s done last month, I decided to stick it out till the end in the hopes that it would get better. It didn't.   Barbara Kingsolver's best writing is when her characters are in the... Continue Reading →

Book report #20 (2018)

Wild Dogs, by Helen Humphreys. Pub 2004 I’ve read almost all of Helen Humphreys’ novels, but strangely not this one. Strange because this one was specifically recommended to me. It was in the early fall of 2008 (I think). I was visiting my friends Joan and Pete on the Sunshine Coast for the Pender Harbour... Continue Reading →

Book report #21 * (2017)

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. By Alice Munro, Pub 2001 I have enjoyed the few Alice Munro stories that I’ve read – usually in back issues of The New Yorker – and so decided to take the plunge with this one. I was not disappointed. Each story has a unique twist and tension, well drawn... Continue Reading →

Book report #16 (2017)

A Mixture of Frailties, by Robertson Davies. Pub 1958 This completes the Salterton Trilogy for me, and I was delighted with all three books. I don't know if other authors previously had worked in the trifecta format, but Davies does it masterfully, allowing the old and new characters in the newer books to blend pretty... Continue Reading →

Book report #12 (2017)

Leaven of Malice, by Robertson Davies. Pub 1954. I bought the Salterton Trilogy as a set on my Kindle, so it was a natural flow in to book two once Tempest-Tost was done. I (again) confess that I might not have read this one either in school, as the story was completely new to me.... Continue Reading →

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