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[Book Review] Two Moons, Two Realities

[Book Review] Two Moons, Two Realities

1Q84, Haruki Murakami, Shinchosa, Japan, 2009 (book 1 & 2), 2010 (book 3) Over 900 pages in length and published in two volumes (the first containing Books 1 and 2, the second, Book 3), 1Q84 is a novel written by world-renowned author Haruki Murakami. Set in 1984 Tokyo, 1Q84 vacillates between two characters: Aomame, a […]

[Book Review] Agatha Christie, the Queen of the Crime

[Book Review] Agatha Christie, the Queen of the Crime

(Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie, Collins Crime Club, 1934) Set in the 1930s, Murder on the Orient Express is a detective novel written by Agatha Christie featuring Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, a clever and private detective. Poirot is on the Orient Express but the train is caught in the snow. When one of […]

Marguerite Duras’ Universe of Love

Marguerite Duras’ Universe of Love

Title: The Lover Author: Marguerite Duras Publication information: Les Éditions de Minuit, 1984 (first edition)   It won the Goncourt Prize in 1984 as the semi-autobiographical novel-turned-movie directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud in 1992. Set around the backdrop of French colonial Vietnam, The Lover reveals the intimacies of a clandestine romance between a fifteen-year-old girl from […]

Ximen Nao’s six reincarnations under the Chinese Communist Party

Ximen Nao’s six reincarnations under the Chinese Communist Party

Life and death are wearing me out   Mo Yan, Arcade Publishing (Eng. trans.), 2008,   In 1948, Ximen Nao, a rich landowner, was executed by the sharecroppers who were working for him. He felt he had been unjustly murdered since he thought he had been an excellent landlord. After spending two years in the […]

Putin: I don’t read books about myself

Putin: I don’t read books about myself

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hasn’t read a single book about himself as he already knows everything about himself. On June 7, Putin attended an international media forum in Moscow. He met German journalist Hubert Seipel who wrote a book about Russian leader. “I don’t know why Mr. Seipel did it. I warned him […]

Qatar bans Disney’s Snow White storybook

Qatar bans Disney’s Snow White storybook

A book based on Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has reportedly been removed from a Qatari private school’s library after it was deemed to contain “indecent” illustrations. The book was an abridged version of the story, part of Penguin Kids series. Officials from Qatar’s supreme education council were said to have intervened after […]

Emma Watson starts UN inspired feminist book club

Emma Watson starts UN inspired feminist book club

British actress and activist Emma Watson announced her plans of starting her own feminist-themed book club. She took to her accounts on social media such as Twitter and Facebook, to talk in detail about her plans. She took to her twitter asking fans to help her brainstorm for book club names, coming up with “Our […]

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