September 28, 2010

three-bullet book review

Three-Bullet Book Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

(as recommended by E-Jo)

  • Ishiguro builds suspense with astounding grace
  • writing like glass: smooth, lucid, beautiful, shattering
  • may keep you up at night, both in the I-must-finish-this-book way and the I-find-this-disturbing way


OH MAUDE YES. Go get this right now. Go get this and start reading it tonight. Read it before you see the movie, before anyone tells you anything about the movie. READ IT NOW.

September 16, 2010

three-bullet book review

Three-Bullet Book Review: Dinner With Persephone: Travels in Greece
by Patricia Storace (1997)

  • insightful exploration of how history, mythology, religion, language, popular culture and geography interpenetrate in modern Greece
  • incredibly (and occasionally overly) detailed
  • thoughtful approach to the complexity of Greek female gender norms clashes with dismissive views of Turkish women who choose to wear hijab

Yes, if you have been to Greece, are going to Greece, or have some other connection to the country. Otherwise, read Karen Connelly's One Room in a Castle: Letters from Spain, France and Greece instead.