Category: Literature

Beatlebone by Kevin Barry 0

Beatlebone by Kevin Barry

★★★☆☆ Imagine. It’s 1978, and John Lennon has left New York, left Yoko Ono and their young son Sean (to whom Lennon has been playing stay-at-home dad), and split for Ireland, “in its drizzle...

The Blizzard by Vladimir Sorokin 0

The Blizzard by Vladimir Sorokin

★★☆☆☆ Vladimir Sorokin’s The Blizzard is a strange and slight diversion meant to recalibrate a reader’s literary expectations. The novel opens somewhere in the realm of a Doctor Zhivago snowstorm: Doctor Platon Ilich needs...

Numero Zero by Umberto Eco 0

Numero Zero by Umberto Eco

★★☆☆☆ In Umberto Eco’s slight new novel Numero Zero, a struggling writer named Dottor Colonna agrees to ghostwrite a memoir for Simei, the future head of Domani, a yet-to-be-published newspaper. Simei’s intentions with Domani...

The Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving 0

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

★★★★★ Age cannot diminish nor practice stale the writing power of John Irving. In Avenue of Mysteries, his fourteenth novel, we see the full display of his authoritative voice. Humor and pathos are wrapped...

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson 0

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

★☆☆☆☆ William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale may be his most confounding play. With a first act full of inconsolable tragedy, The Winter’s Tale derails into a pastoral comedy of forgiveness; it is an enigmatic,...

Quicksand by Steve Toltz 0

Quicksand by Steve Toltz

★★★★☆ Steve Toltz’s Quicksand is a maniacally funny novel about friendship, hope and the human condition; it is a work at once soul-lifting and spirit-crushing, capable of eliciting both uproarious laughter and inward cringe...