Book Reviews

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…

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.…