J.D. Salinger – Catcher In The Rye

As some of you might already know, The Catcher In The Rye is one of my favourite books of all times. I’ve read it, and re-read it, and then read it again. At the age of fourteen, the first time I read it, I fell in love with Holden Caulfield. A decade later, I still […]

Colum McCann – Let The Great World Spin

New York, 1974. The magnificent twin towers are unveiled to the world, and the consensus is that they are ugly compared to the splendid sky-scrapers that grace the New York skyline (the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Centre etc). But, a marvelous feat from an athlete, Philippe Petit, almost changes the perception. Petit […]

Toni Morrison – Sula

Spanning almost forty-five years (1921-1965), Sula revolves around two best friends: Sula and Nel, and how their friendship evolves and implodes over the years. Growing up in a poverty-stricken black town in Ohio called Bottom, Sula is accustomed to men coming and going, as they please. Her mother and grandmother are fiercely independent women, and […]

Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man And The Sea

I have an absolutely ancient copy of this book lying around, and it’s actually bizarre that I’ve not read the book yet – it’s just 114 pages long! Published in 1974, the book cost just 30p at the time (US$0.45)! The book costs £7.99 now… let’s keep that musing for another day! The Old Man […]

Amy Tan – The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan’s debut novel, The Joy Luck Club, is the first book by her that I have read. It is also the first book I’ve read with strong Chinese references, so I wasn’t quite sure as to what I should expect from this book. The Joy Luck Club is the story of four Chinese women who […]

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