Book Review: Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda

Here I love you. In the dark pines the wind disentangles itself.                 The moon glows like phosphorous on the vagrant waters. Days, all one kind, go chasing each other. -Pablo Neruda from “Here I Love You” When I was in high school, a local radio station from … Continue reading

Book Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.” – A woman quoting Hugh Latimer as her books are about to be burned. Sci-fi is never my genre when reading books. I like it as a genre in … Continue reading

Book Review: Blood Meridian Or The Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy

“This is the nature of war, whose stake is at once the game and the authority and the justification. Seen so, war is the truest form of divination. It is the testing of one’s will and the will of another within that larger will which because it binds them is therefore forced to select. War … Continue reading

Book Review: Any Human Heart by William Boyd

“That’s all your life amounts to in the end: the aggregate of all the good luck and the bad luck you experience. Everything is explained by that simple formula. Tot it up – look at the respective piles. There’s nothing you can do about it: nobody shares it out, allocates it to this one or … Continue reading

Book Review: Leaf Storm and Other Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Arriving there, mingled with the human leaf storm, dragged along by its impetuous force, came the dregs of warehouses, hospitals, amusement parlors, electric plants; the dregs made up of single women and men who tied their mules to hitching posts by the hotel, carrying their single piece of baggage, a wooden trunk or a bundle of … Continue reading

Book Review: Beneath the Wheel by Herman Hesse

“For he was aware that in the academy he would have to be even more ambitious if he wanted to outstrip his new fellow students. Why did he want to surpass them actually? He didn’t really know himself.” – Narrator I was raised believing that education and blind respect for authority are two of the … Continue reading

Book Review: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” – Narrator During my high school years, I read a few books of the chick lit persuasion such as A Walk to Remember, Love Story, and Just Like Heaven. In my defense, I did so because … Continue reading

Book Review: Le Bal by Irène Némirovsky

“A kind of giddiness took hold of her: the wild need to do something outrageous and evil. She clenched her teeth, crumpled up all the invitations, tore them into little pieces and threw them into the Seine. For a long while, her heart pounding, she watched them floating, caught against one of the bridge’s arches. … Continue reading

Book Review: The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith

“All fandom is a form of tunnel vision: warm and dark and infinite in one direction.” – The Narrator There is nothing more treacherous than fame. At one point, it is an asset then, at the next, it is a liability. This is because nobody is the master of fame and everyone, even the Brad … Continue reading

Book Review: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” – From the book-within-the-book written by Leopold Gursky There is something about the corn syrup-ish characteristics of love that unites all mankind. Every man may have his or her … Continue reading