Books, Wrap-Up

August 2018: Wrap-up

Summer has come and gone, it's starting to look a lot like autumn here in Belgium. Time to wrap up the past reading month. The month started off with the 2018 BookTubeAThon and this year, I did extremely well. I read 6 of the 7 books. I guess I could have read 7 but the… Continue reading August 2018: Wrap-up

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Books, Review

Book Review: Maus – Art Spiegelman *****

“No, darling! To die it's easy... But you have to stuggle for life!” Maus is a graphic novel by American cartoonist Art Spiegelman, serialized from 1980 to 1991. It depicts Spiegelman interviewing his father about his experiences as a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor. The work employs postmodernisttechniques and represents Jews as mice, Germans as cats, and Poles as pigs. Critics have classified Maus as memoir,… Continue reading Book Review: Maus – Art Spiegelman *****

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Book review: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell ****

In 1799, Jacob de Zoet disembarks on the tiny island of Dejima, the Dutch East India Company’s remotest trading post in a Japan otherwise closed to the outside world. A junior clerk, his task is to uncover evidence of the previous Chief Resident’s corruption. Cold-shouldered by his compatriots, Jacob earns the trust of a local… Continue reading Book review: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell ****

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Book Review: Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman ****

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds;… Continue reading Book Review: Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman ****