Novels

Heart of Darkness

This is one classic I was never assigned in my voyage through academia. Having recently read Barbara Kingsolver’s Poisonwood Bible, I decided now would be a good time to continue the focus on the Belgian Congo with a plunge into Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. I found that it’s not really about the Belgian Congo… Read More Heart of Darkness

Novels

The Poisonwood Bible

There are currently 1,545 reviews of this novel already listed at Amazon. What can I possibly add? Nothing. Yet I’ve just had my own personal experience of the book nonetheless. I blog partly to come to terms with reading experiences, and after such a weighty, sprawling, powerful novel as this, I feel the need to… Read More The Poisonwood Bible

Novels

March

Last year, I was dazzled by Geraldine Brooks’ Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague. “How do people write books like this?” I wondered. “How can someone research such a seemingly unpromising subject so thoroughly — and then make it sing in a work of fiction?” March is a book I had mixed feelings… Read More March

Novels

Goodnight Mister Tom

Goodnight Mister Tom is… heartbreaking. Inspiring. Eye-opening. It’s heartbreaking because it depicts two ways people can damage and destroy one another: child abuse and war. William Beech, a little boy evacuated from a London slum to the English country village of Weirwold during World War II, comes out of a home where he “didn’t get… Read More Goodnight Mister Tom

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The potato peel book

I know. Everyone was reading and talking about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society last year, and the year before that too. I can’t say it was even on my TBR list, but I was shelf browsing at the library and there it was. So now I’ve read it. The basic story has… Read More The potato peel book

Novels

The White Witch

The White Witch is a historical novel about the English Civil War(s) of the 17th century. It is surely one of Elizabeth Goudge’s best works, capturing not only the political conflict of Puritan against Royalist, but the many smaller-scale conflicts that characterize human existence. Some of these conflicts are antagonized by the war, but others… Read More The White Witch