Book Reviews

See You Again in Pyongyang

See You Again in Pyongyang

I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Hachette Books via NetGalley. One topic that I never cease to be fascinated by is the story of North Korea. That a nation exists in such turmoil during the modern times that we live in continues to baffle me. I have read quite a few books on the subject, from histories of the nation, to fiction that uses North Korea as a backdrop, to first-hand accounts of defectors and survivors.…

Mrs Rosie and the Priest

Mrs Rosie and the Priest

Among other reading challenges that I have taken on, I am working my way through my box set of Penguin’s Little Black Classics. Reading and reviewing these are sure to be a different experience, given their short and sometimes excepted form. But who doesn’t love a box set? Mrs. Rosie and the Priest by Giovanni Boccaccio is a collection of four short stories by a well-noted Renaissance writer in the 1300s. The stories are written in a Florentine frame structure,…

Brave New World

Brave New World

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is not a text that lacks reviews or opinions, and attempting to contribute to the (often-polarizing) dialogue is a bit daunting. But I did finish the book, and I do have some impressions that I feel warrant sharing.   Take Aways General Style I had a little trouble getting into this novel. I’m not new to science fiction, but something about the tone or style made it harder for me. Perhaps this is an…

Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife

Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife

I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Cambridge University Press via NetGalley. I have studied a bit of Shakespeare, dating back to college and even more recently as my reading of The Year of Lear with a look at the historical context of Shakespeare’s work in 1606. But I had not read much about Shakespeare’s family life, particularly his wife Anne Hathaway, and so this title – Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife – immediately caught my interest. The text…

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…