Tender is the Night

I read Tender Is the Night just after finishing Schindler’s Ark – I badly needed a change in setting after reading almost 400 pages on the holocaust. The story begins just as in The Great Gatsby. A newcomer to the French Riviera meets a clique of rich people and discovers their world of wonders. What…

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Modern Classics

I tend to read mostly modern classics, so, in some way, this list features some of my favourite books of all time. Top Ten Tuesday is an addictive weekly meme – which I like to take part in whenever the theme is right – hosted by the guys at BrokeandBookish, as everybody knows by now….

Air China’s Racist Comment

I normally just stick to reviewing books and stuffs like that, but I feel a bit involved. There’s a post on Facebook on the BBC page that has sparked a furious debate among people. At the centre of the debate is this very, very, silly comment by Air China in one of its magazines: I think it…

Booker#8: Schindler’s Ark

It was in early 2015 that I acquired this book in Folio edition. A pristine copy was available on eBay and I bought it just to expand my collection of Booker Prize-winning books. I knew it was non-fiction, so I suspected it might be too heavy for me – despite the movie being one of the…

Booker #7: The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Richard Flanagan’s book won the Booker Prize in 2014, but it took me some time before reading it; though my friend kept telling me how great it is, the blurb didn’t attract me at all. I then chanced upon it in Daunts and the lady on the cover was literally staring at me. Thus I bought…

Read: The Collector (John Fowles)

I noticed this book on a huge table dedicated to compelling reads in Waterstones. The blurb was tempting enough, but I preferred checking it out online first before buying it. It turned out that it is one of the most popular classics published by Vintage. It was easy to find out why. The Collector is…

Thomas Keneally, Schindler’s Ark

”The resistance claimed that ten thousand murders on a given day were within the capacity of Auschwitz Two. Then, for the Łódź area, there was the camp at Chelmo, also equipped according to the new technology. To write these things now is to state the commonplace of history. But to find them out in 1942,…