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  1. Lifestyle - Books - FICTION

    Book review: Death Fugue by Sheng Keyi

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 01:28pm by Kit Gillet

    ... Kit Gillet Death Fugue by Sheng Keyi Giramondo Publishing 3 stars Kit Gillet Death Fugue, Sheng Keyi's second novel to be translated into English after Northern Girls, is, at its core, an absurdist take on the legacy of June 4, 1989, and the totalitarian nature of the Chinese government still in place today. At the heart of the novel lies Yuan Mengliu, a poet who gave up ...

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    Book review: The Lotus and the Storm, by Lan Cao

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 01:28pm by Ajay Singh

    ... narrate The Lotus and the Storm, a poignant novel by Vietnamese-American writer Lan Cao. The lotus is a metaphor for the two immigrants swept up by the storm of American intervention in Vietnam. A professor of law in California, Cao grew up amid the Vietnam war, whose horrors are deeply embedded in the souls of Vietnamese and Americans alike. Split between Vietnam and the US, the novel weaves ...

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    Book review: Lucky Us, by Amy Bloom

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 07:52am by MCT

    ... David Ulin Lucky Us: A Novel by Amy Bloom Random House The story of half-sisters Eva and Iris, who end up first in Hollywood and then in Brooklyn after having left their ne'er-do-well father in the early days of the second world war, Lucky Us is an attempt at an American picaresque in the style of, say, John Irving, or Amy Bloom's last novel, Away (2007). ...

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    Book review: I'll Be Right There, by Shin Kyung-sook

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 11:57am by MCT

    ... Hector Tobar I'll Be Right There by Shin Kyung-sook Other Press 5 stars Hector Tobar In the embattled Seoul of Shin Kyung-sook's new novel, I'll Be Right There, the constant ... Prize for 2011. Shin uses a spare, deeply emotional literary style in I'll Be Right There to take up themes of loss and memory. Her novel gives a sense of what it's like to have ...

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    Book review: The Empress Lover, by Linda Jaivin

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 12:17pm by Sue Green

    ... around the world. So it is apposite that in this latest novel by a US-born Australian writer closely connected with China for almost four decades, those events have a central role. This is the seventh novel by Linda Jaivin, onetime journalist, now a short story and playwright, non-fiction author and essayist, including essays on China. Her work ranges from bestselling erotica ...

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    Book review: Look Who's Back, by Timur Vermes

    Posted May 18th 2014, 03:45pm by DAVID BARTRAM

    ... Timur Vermes' satire of modern German society has been translated into English after gaining huge success in his homeland, where the novel has sold more than one million copies. Of course, the obvious question is whether Hitler is appropriate fodder for a comic novel. Vermes' Hitler isn't a particularly dislikeable figure, and the reader is directed to almost pity him. His ...

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    Book review: The Separation, by Dinah Jefferies

    Posted May 25th 2014, 03:42pm by Tessa Chan

    ... and evasively assures her that their mother will be joining them "later". Set during the Malayan Emergency in the 1950s, Dinah Jefferies' debut novel swings between Emma and her mother ...

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    Book review: An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 04:21pm by MCT

    ... Hector Tobar An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine Grove Press 4 stars Hector Tobar Rabih Alameddine's beautiful new novel is ostensibly about an elderly woman living alone in her ... in literature is so wonderfully varied, and Alameddine writes with such lucid and swift-moving prose, that his novel never loses momentum, even though Aaliya is a passive protagonist. An Unnecessary ...

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    Book review: Children of Paradise, by Fred D'Aguiar

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 03:52pm by MCT

    ... Amy Driscoll Children of Paradise by Fred D'Aguiar HarperCollins 4 stars Amy Driscoll Through the eyes of a young girl and her mother plotting to escape, the story of the Jonestown massacre of 1978 takes on new dimensions in a surprising novel that contrasts a dreamlike style with the terrifying paranoia of the Guyana jungle compound where 909 Americans died ...

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    Book review: Bellman & Black, by Diane Setterfield

    Posted Dec 29th 2013, 04:56pm by Nick Walker

    ... Nick Walker Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield Bond Street Books 3 stars Nick Walker Diane Setterfield's debut novel, 2006's The Thirteenth Tale, was a gothic masterpiece ... novel, it's no supernova. But it is a dark star and generally meets expectations, although it lacks the twists and turns and brilliant narrative trickery of The Thirteenth Tale. Thankfully ...




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