Book Reviews

Book Review: The Count of Monte Cristo

Book Review: The Count of Monte Cristo

When a friend of mine recently said, “Hey, I think I’m going to read the Count of Monte Cristo.” my initial response was, “Oh, I have a copy of that” …and then I scoffed. But after some consideration, I realized that I had never actually picked it up and read it. The tales woven by Alexandre Dumas have become part of our culture in a way – we all know of The Three Musketeers, The Man in the Iron Mask…that…

Book Review: Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon

Book Review: Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon

Snow Hunters tells the story of Yohan, a young North Korean man captured by the Americans in the Korean War. At the “end” of the Korean War, he is given the chance to be repatriated to North Korea, but he chooses to defect instead. Yohan finds himself in Brazil as the result of a refugee placement program, trying to grapple with his past and find his way in a completely new world. One of the major themes in the novel…

Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye

Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye seems to be one of “those” books that is on all of the typical reading lists: high school must-reads, timeless classics, cultural icons. The tale of Holden Caulfield is familiar to most because of the novel’s notoriety: the troubled youth who finds himself expelled from (yet another) school and spends a few days gallivanting around New York City before fessing up to his parents. Even if you haven’t read the story, you’ve heard of it.…

Book Review: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Book Review: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle blew my mind. Murakami has a wonderful way of taking regular people in mundane lives and bringing them to live with surreal events. He took such a simple concept and turned it into an intricate web: we cannot escape our past, and we cannot get the most out of our present or future until we are willing to confront our past. He showed this through the struggles of so many of the characters, not just…

Book Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Book Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

As I read Fahrenheit 451, I was startled by how relevant it is to the world that we live in today, with its censorship of topics that can be offensive to smaller groups and the frightening influence that the media has over us. My understanding of how this novel is usually interpreted is as a commentary on the evils of censorship. This makes sense to me, since the primary motif of Fahrenheit 451 is the burning of books. However, this was…