The Lost Landscape. A Writer’s Coming of Age – Joyce Carol Oates

"Our lives are enormous waves breaking on the shore, retreating and leaving only a few scattered things behind for us to contemplate ..." "... we are not absolutely determined by even crucial events in our lives; an initial failure may release us to a new, more appropriate, and even more challenging course of action. We have … Continue reading The Lost Landscape. A Writer’s Coming of Age – Joyce Carol Oates

Vintage Munro – Alice Munro

Canadian writer Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013 and is considered to be "the master of the contemporary short story" (from the Presentation Speech). In her stories, ordinary people's voices intersect to create an intricacy where they do not necessarily meet. They barely touch being unaware of each other's presence and yet … Continue reading Vintage Munro – Alice Munro

Fasting, Feasting – Anita Desai

Fasting, Feasting is about women's life and men's life, life in India and life in America. You'll find out that what you've been told about Indian women's life is true: their only destiny is to become good wives. And yet, you'll also find out that being a boy can be as hard as being a girl in a … Continue reading Fasting, Feasting – Anita Desai

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

This is an unusual on-the-road story whose protagonist is not a young man who hitchhikes around America or wanders around some city in search of himself. In short, there's no Sal Paradise or "catcher in the rye" or Mr Humbert. The protagonist here is Mr Stevens, the butler of a great English house named Darlington Hall (now … Continue reading The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

One thing is certain about this book: readers are not going to be delighted by its plot or characters. They'll read the novel frowning continually, in a state of dissent. But the morality of the book shouldn't be the main focus since the author didn't aim at providing the reader with a moral: ... Lolita has no … Continue reading Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers – Xiaolu Guo

This is not a common novel. Not at all. In fact, it's a kind of dictionary and, at the same time, travel diary. And although the title may suggest that this is a love story, something more complicated is hidden behind this broad label. Love is certainly central to this novel but love is mainly the … Continue reading A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers – Xiaolu Guo