Category: Book Reviews

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan 0

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

★★★★★ In Washington Black (longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize), Esi Edugyan imbues a Victorian-era storytelling sensibility into an American origin story. The saga of the slave George Washington Black, a “disfigured black boy...

No Good Alternative by William T. Vollmann 0

No Good Alternative by William T. Vollmann

★★★★★ No Good Alternative is the second half of William T. Vollmann’s Carbon Ideologies, a sprawling two-volume presentation on the world’s energy consumption and its resultant environmental dangers. Together, the two parts of Carbon...

Penguin, 2018. 0

Not Quite Not White by Sharmila Sen

★★★☆☆ Sharmila Sen’s Not Quite Not White is articulate and engaging, so it’s all the more unfortunate that it fails to draw meaningful, practical conclusions about America’s imperfections. In this memoir/manifesto of a first-generation...

The Crystal World by J.G. Ballard 0

The Crystal World by J.G. Ballard

★★★★☆ Originally published in 1966 and reissued this summer by Picador, J.G. Ballard’s fourth novel The Crystal World is a metaphysical, conceptual adventure through the jungles of Africa. Edward Sanders, a doctor specializing in...

Graywolf, 2018. 0

Nevada Days by Bernardo Atxaga

★★☆☆☆ Nevada Days is Bernardo Axtaga’s barely-fictionalized novel chronicling his stay as a writer-in-residence at the Center for Basque Studies in Reno, Nevada. Outside the campus library, there’s a stall where they make coffee...