Book Reviews

Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

Set in the early 90’s, Heaven was narrated by a 14-year-old, unnamed protagonist with a lazy eye. He was frequently bullied by a group of boys at school. At the beginning of the novel, he received a note that said we should be friends.

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Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri

Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri

Tokyo Ueno Station by Miri Yū, translated by Morgan Giles, is one of those books that could make you love it and also break your heart at the same time. The story is narrated by Kazu, a homeless man living in a makeshift shelter in Ueno Park. The hardship and emotional pains he had endured throughout his life are poignantly told.

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Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Girodano

The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Girodano

The Solitude of Prime Numbers is a debut novel by the Italian author Paolo Giordano. The novel is about a boy and girl (Mattia and Alice) who had encountered individual traumatic situations in their childhood which followed them into adulthood.

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Returning to Carthage by Ben Sharafski

Returning to Carthage by Ben Sharafski

Returning to Carthage is a collection of six short stories by Israeli-Australian writer Ben Sharafski. Stories are interconnected and narrated by a man living in Australia with his family back in Israel and a Japanese wife.

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From the Land of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe

From the Land of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe

From the Land of Green Ghosts: a Burmese Odyssey by Pasal Khoo Thwe tells a riveting story of the writer’s journey from a small town to Cambridge. Rich with cultural stories of his Padaung heritage and packed with real events happened around Burma’s late 80’s revolution, it is one of the most important books I’ve read in my life.

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Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain is the debut novel by Scottish-American writer Douglas Stuart. It tells the story of a boy named Shuggie Bain growing up in 1980s with his alcoholic mother in Glasgow, Scotland. The book won the 2020 Booker Prize and was also a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction.

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