Tag Archives: International Booker Prize Winner

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi

Celestial Bodies, which is the first book to win the Booker International Prize from the Gulf region, was my first glimpse into life in Oman. It showed me a bit of its history and the transformation it has undergone during the latter half of the 20th century, which I knew very little of before. The […]

A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman

A Horse Walks into a Bar is a clever novel, but reading it was a tiring experience. Dovaleh G is a veteran standup comedian who takes the stage at a comedy club in the small Israeli town of Netanya. Avishai Lazar, Dov’s childhood friend, and former District Court Justice is also in the audience, and […]

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Upon reading the very first sentence of The Vegetarian, where Mr Cheong describes his wife to be “completely unremarkable in every way”, it was obvious to me that I was in for a treat. He is certainly not a man in love, at least not with his wife, so what made him marry her? In […]