Monthly Archives: February 2018

Love Stories: The Woman Who Came at Six O’clock by Gabriel García Márquez

The Woman Who Came at Six O’clock is a story I’ve read before. Gabriel García Márquez is one of my favorite authors all time, and I’ve read almost all his books except for his nonfiction. The Woman Who Came at Six O’clock is from his Collected Stories, but it has been a while since I […]

Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy by Bella Mahaya Carter

Recently I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Bella Mahaya Carter’s memoir. Its publication date is set in May, so I was in no hurry to read this. But a couple of days ago I picked it to read a few pages before bed, and was so intrigued by it! Bella’s writing is personal and […]

Love Stories: Mr. Botibol by Roald Dahl

I think I first came across Roald Dahl’s stories when I was around thirteen-years-old. Soon after reading Danny the Champion of the World; my first Roald Dahl book, I got my parents to buy me all of his books! I was a little too old for his books by then, yet his stories captivated me […]

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

New Boy is the third Hogarth Shakespeare novel I read, and this retelling of Othello transported me to a school in Washington DC in the 1970s. The title of Chevalier’s novel refers to Osei Kokote, the eleven-year-old son of a Diplomat from Ghana. In the span of six years the Kokote family has moved around […]

Love Stories: The Horse Dealer’s Daughter by D. H. Lawrence

The Horse Dealer’s Daughter didn’t make sense to me, but then again maybe it’s fitting because love is irrational. The Horse Dealer’s Daughter’s name is Mabel, a twenty-seven-year-old unmarried woman. Her father has passed away recently and at the time of his death, his business had been in trouble forcing Mabel and her three brothers […]

A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong

Until the recent #MeToo movement that empowered victims of sexual harassment to come forward and share their stories, they were mostly a marginalized group in the society. More often than not their accusations had been swept under the rugs as made up stories because for years the Americans have been instructed to be wary of […]

Love Stories: Armande by Colette

Next up in Love Stories is Armande by Nobel laureate Colette. It is a story that made me feel queasy, so I’m not going to waste a lot of words on it! Armande is an orphaned heiress in love with Maxime, a young doctor. Maxime too has been in love with Armande ever since they […]

Operation Heartbreak by Duff Cooper

Today is the final day of Persephone Readathon, so I thought I would pick a slim book which I’ll be able to read in a day. The book I chose is Operation Heartbreak which only has 167 pages, and right off the bat before I get into the story I must urge you not to […]

Love Stories: Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The only novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald that I’ve read is The Great Gatsby which I loved. While I was reading Winter Dreams, it reminded me a lot of The Great Gatsby, and indeed Winter Dreams had been like a first draft idea of Gatsby. According to Matthew J. Bruccoli, an expert on Fitzgerald, Winter Dreams […]

The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Shuttle, which I think will most likely end up among my top reads of this year, is a book set in the early 1900s at a time when it was fashionable for American heiresses to marry British aristocrats. These American heiresses were then called “Dollar Princesses.” By marrying into British families they gained titles […]

Love Stories: Dead Mabelle by Elizabeth Bowen

The next story in Love Stories is Dead Mabelle by Elizabeth Bowen. Written in 1929, Dead Mabelle is my second story by Bowen, and given that Bowen didn’t make much of an impression on me last time, I was thankful for this second chance! William, Dead Mabelle‘s protagonist is a young bank clerk and a […]

William – an Englishman by Cicely Hamilton

William – an Englishman by Cicely Hamilton is the first book Persephone Books published. So to kick off the Persephone Readathon, I decided I’d read it. It is the story of William Tully, a “mild-mannered, pale-faced, and under-sized” young clerk. He comes to a small fortune when his mother passes away, but having spent his […]