Asian origin writers

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The Immigrant by Manju Kapur

I find the most compelling novels are the ones who talk about the everyday ordinary life in the most extraordinary way. It was the title that first drew me to the book. I always think that for a person to test its survival skills in the fullest one sure way was to become an immigrant. … Continue reading

Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by YiYun Li

I thought it will be great if I could write a more focused review, so I am trying out a new format here today. What it is: A collection of short stories mostly revolving around lonely Chinese characters who are grasping at happier future, but are grounded in the bleak realities of everyday life. Gold Boy, … Continue reading

Please Look After Mother by Kyung-Sook Shin

If you are an Far Eastern Asian in your mid 40’s you are likely to have a mother which is less literate, who may have gone through many years of sacrifice bringing up her children, very superstitious and may practice ancestral rites to wade off evil so as not to incur God’s wrath on the … Continue reading

Dance, Dance, Dance like your life depends on it

It is difficult to write about a book you have finished awhile ago and it is even hard to write a review about Murakami’s books without sounding like a sycophant or Murakami Groupie that goes on and on to say how fantastic his books are… but the truth is : I love this one!!!! 😀 … Continue reading

An Equal Music by Vikram Seth

The story, divided into eight parts, is told through the eyes of Michael Holmes, a 30-something violinist, who plays the second fiddle in the quartet (and a second fiddle in his lover’s life we will soon see!). He teaches music on the side and had an affair with his student Virginie but he never forgets … Continue reading

Of Bees and Mist : An adult fairy tale

I first came across this book because Bookie Mee told me about it. It’s an unusual cover. Worn and stained cover that has an antiquated feel about it and red shinny caricature of a girl walking towards the house in the mist. The American version says “a magical story of love and family”, the UK edition … Continue reading

Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

Compared to the many books I have read, I count this one as one of my bold ones. Confessions of a Mask (仮面の告白 Kamen no Kokuhaku) is Yukio Mishima’s first novel. Reading my past posts, you may have sussed out my fascination for Mishima. This book published in 1948, catapulted him to national fame when he was only in … Continue reading

The Vagrants by YiYun Li

In a cold morning in March in Muddy River, and a “counter-revolutionary” – a once fanatical member of Mao’s Red Guard who became a pro-democracy activist – is to be publicly denounced and executed.  Gu Shan is the 28-year-old daughter of teacher Gu and his wife, the parents who questioned themselves the cause that brought … Continue reading

As the Earth Turns Silver by Alison Wong

It is a book by a New Zealand Author,… No, let me do this again, it is the book cover that attracts my attention when it was displayed in the library shelf. 🙂 A good cover does attracts, but it is not a be all or end all for me. I do base my quick … Continue reading

Man Asian Literary Prize 2010 – Long list

I read about Wolf Totem review on Jackie of Farm Lane Book blog tonight and it pique my interest. For two reasons, first this story is set in Mongolia. Second, it is the prize winner of Man Asian Literary Prize 2007. I knew Man Asian Literary exists, but I didn’t pay much attention to it. Now … Continue reading


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)