This book was pure perfection & one of my strongest 5 star reads this year. I went in knowing very little of the premise and the experience was unparalleled. It drew me in from the first page and kept me glued till the last.
At its heart, The Unseen World explores a father-daughter relationship. David Sibelius is a brilliant, eccentric computer scientist and his daughter Ada is the key character we follow through the story. Continue reading
Category: Non Fiction, Memoirs, Medicine
Author: Paul Kalanithi
As much as it’s about death, it’s about life, and time and our existence and the fragility of it and how it can be plucked away abruptly, like a single blade of grass uprooted from soil. It is an introspection, a quiet mediation, a remainder on the importance of relationships and people in an age surrounded by digital screens and distractions.
The Orenda by Joseph Boyden is a historical and an anthropological masterpiece. Set in the 1600s in the Canadian wilderness, the story follows 2 warring tribes, the Iroquois & the Huron. The chapters alternate in first person narrative between Bird, one of leaders of the Huron Tribe, Snow Falls, a young girl abducted by Bird as a child to keep as his own daughter and lastly, the Crow, a priest from the French Jesuit Missionary. The relationship between Bird and Snow, the Crow’s propaganda to spread Christianity and its contrast to the Native American mysticism and beliefs, their sense of community, all against a backdrop of violence and terror in the constant warring between the 2 tribes creates such an atmospheric read.
Category: Translated Fiction
Author: Han Kang, Translated by Deborah Smith
Cultural: South Korea
I was initially confused as to how I felt about this book. But the more I thought about it, the more I could appreciate it. I didn’t expect it to be as dark, bleak, uncomfortable and unsettling as it was. There is a very dream-like, ethereal quality to the narration and while the premise feels almost like a thriller,