Book Reviews

The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green

The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green

The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet by John Green is quite a riveting book. With 40+ essays that I didn’t know I would enjoy reading, I spent my last week with much contemplation and relating several stories with myself.

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Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Invisible Cities by Italian writer Italo Calvino in 1972 and translated to English by William Weaver. Set as the conversation between Kublai Khan and Marco Polo, the readers get to explore the cities through the descriptions by Polo. In boundless imagination, I visited each city and envied the Venetian explorer.

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Black Box by Shiori Ito

Black Box by Shiori Itō

In her memoir Black Box, Shiori Itō tells the distressing event of sexual assault she encountered and her struggles to seek for help in flawed Japanese legal and investigative systems. Her case soon became the prominent #metoo movement in Japan.

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First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami

First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami

First Person Singular is an anthology of eight short stories by one of my all time favourite authors, Haruki Murakami. Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel, all stories are told in first-person narrative rich with Murakami’s signature storytelling.

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The Mountains Sing

The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai tells an entrancing multigenerational saga of the Trần family. The story expands nearly a hundred years and is narrated by two female characters, Grandma Diệu Lan and her granddaughter, Hương.

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How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

Set in Singapore, How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee is a deeply affecting story about a comfort woman during Japanese Occupation. This book is longlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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