‘There are so many things we can’t control’ [book review]

A review of Pachinko by Min Jin Lee The building of worlds is a difficult thing. Especially when that world is a historical one. There is research to be done, tiny details to be got exactly right, events to be recounted and words to be weighted just so in order for the setting to comeContinue reading “‘There are so many things we can’t control’ [book review]”

‘A world both fleeting and eternal’ [book review]

A review of The Great Homecoming by Anna Kim, translated from the German by Jamie Lee Searle There are several countries with which I have an enduring fascination, despite – or perhaps because of – the fact that I have never visited them. A relatively recent addition to this list are the Koreas, North andContinue reading “‘A world both fleeting and eternal’ [book review]”

‘Something was unjust and frustrating’ [book review]

A review of Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo, translated from the Korean by Jamie Chang I had read quite a lot about Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 – the third novel by South Korean writer Cho Nam-Joo, which has been taking her own country and the rest of the world by storm – butContinue reading “‘Something was unjust and frustrating’ [book review]”

The Monthly Booking: April 2020

I’m not sure that I even want to mention the dreaded c-word here, but suffice to say that recent events have been playing havoc with my monthly reading plans – not to mention everything else. My reading list for April is less thought-through than it would have been, but I suppose it’s nice to haveContinue reading “The Monthly Booking: April 2020”

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