Wild Swans – Chang Jung – The three daughters of China

The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author. An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual windowContinue reading “Wild Swans – Chang Jung – The three daughters of China”

Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden (1998)

I remember the first time I watched Memoirs of a Gheisha close to 14 years ago. And the second time. And the third time. And the fascination I’ve developed for anything Japanese. Kimonos, tea ceremony, hair styles, even those silly flip flops. So you’re probably wondering – if I liked it this much, how come IContinue reading “Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden (1998)”

Black Klansman – Memoir by Ron Stallworth

I’ve seen the movie at the cinema at the start of last year and I was absolutely enthralled with the concept. A black man joining one of the most bigoted and uncultured and ignorant cult there is? The KKK? That must be a good read! I was thoroughly disappointed in the book! Read in aContinue reading “Black Klansman – Memoir by Ron Stallworth”

Pinball, 1973 – Haruki Murakami

What the hell did I read? This is one of those books that you stop at page 10, read the back of the book again, look at the author and resume reading in hopes something will make sense eventually. Written as a collection of short stories or memories, the Author describes his young life (1967-1973)Continue reading “Pinball, 1973 – Haruki Murakami”

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami Book Review

Somerset Maugham once wrote that in each shave lies a philosophy. I couldn’t agree more. No matter how mundane some action might appear, keep at it long enough and it becomes a contemplative, even meditative act. In this pretty short (126 pages) memoir, Haruki Murakami explores the relation between running and writing and how muchContinue reading “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami Book Review”

On the Move: A Life – Oliver Sacks Book Review

Oliver Wolf Sacks,  (9 July 1933 – 30 August 2015) was a British neurologist, naturalist, historian of science, and author. Born in Britain, and mostly educated there, he spent his career in the United States. He believed that the brain is the “most incredible thing in the universe.” He became widely known for writing best-selling case histories about both hisContinue reading “On the Move: A Life – Oliver Sacks Book Review”

Prison Diary * Jeffrey Archer (2003)

A Prison Diary is a series of three books of diaries written by Jeffrey Archer during his time in prisons following his convictions for perjury and perverting the course of justice. Each volume is named after the parts of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The volumes become progressively longer due to his stay being longer andContinue reading “Prison Diary * Jeffrey Archer (2003)”

Marcus Aurelius most mis-quoted advice on how to live a good life

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then youContinue reading “Marcus Aurelius most mis-quoted advice on how to live a good life”

Bluebeard’s Egg * Margaret Atwood

This was my first time reading a short story collection by Margaret Atwood and after the phenomenal 20’th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill, I was surprised by the very natural – almost memoir-type of writing some of the stories. “When my mother was very small, someone gave her a basket of baby chicks for Easter.Continue reading “Bluebeard’s Egg * Margaret Atwood”