Dec 302014
Review: The Imperfectionists

This felt like it took a really long time to read. It was almost too literary feeling for me, but gave the right amount of random insight into people’s lives to keep me reading. It satisfied my inner nosy neighbour, although the overall feel of the story was almost pretentious. Each chapter gave a slice of life insight into someone connected to The Paper, with the occasional interlude reflecting back on the founder’s life. It took a few chapters for me to grasp the connections between the characters, as it was not apparent at first. Once I understood the flow […]

Apr 172013
Review: Ru

This story was told in a unique format: short vignettes that were often only a page or two in length. They felt only subtly connected, and didn’t always flow smoothly. This left the book with a disjointed feel, but the writing itself used beautiful language. Without prior knowledge of Vietnam history, the story was a bit hard to follow as there was little background given. The story centred on people and the experiences that the main character had. Overall, while I found the story moving and very personal, I couldn’t get into the format. It felt too disjointed without a […]