I can’t believe that this is the first time I’ve read a Philip Roth. It’s not exactly controversial to say this – I mean the guy has won two Pulitzer Prizes – but he writes beautifully. Every sentence feels like it was perfectly crafted. Every time I’d sit down to read, I felt like I […]Read more "American Pastoral – Philip Roth: Thoughts"
I started this year by pledging that I would challenge myself in my reading. Not just by reading books by classic authors, or of varying length – that was a hurdle that I jumped over whilst I had a few months to myself in Africa (#humblebrag) – but by mixing up both the style and […]Read more "The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro"
‘Stoner is a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, that it takes your breath away’ New York Times ‘A book for everyone, democratic in how it breaks the heart… It is a triumph of literary endeavour. It deserves the status of a classic’ Independent ‘A brilliant, beautiful, inexorably sad, wise, […]Read more "Stoner – John Williams"
Like most people of my generation – Western, born in the 90’s – it seems almost impossible to imagine a world in which a Malcolm X would be necessary. He is described in the blurb of his autobiography as ‘one of the angriest black men in America’, and when you progress onto the section of […]Read more "In Defence of… Malcolm X"