Freedom (Jonathan Franzen)

Rigid characters are boring. I personally believe that even saints can be bad, in the same way as villains can possess redeeming and even likable traits. This is, perhaps, why I have always been fascinated with literary works with realistically flawed characters. And yes, Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom is one of them. The novel revolves around the Berglunds, a seemingly … Continue reading Freedom (Jonathan Franzen)

Papel De Liha (Ompong Remigio at Beth Parrocha)

Sadyang makapangyarihan ang aklat na ito, lalo na’t tinatalakay nito ang mga kadalasang sakripisyo ng isang inang nagmamahal at nag-aaruga. Bagama’t simple ang pagkakakuwento, di pa rin ito nagkulang sa paglalahad ng mensaheng nais nitong iparating. Epektibo rin itong materyal kung magtuturo ng wika sa klase. Sa parehong Filipino at Ingles na bersyon ng teksto, … Continue reading Papel De Liha (Ompong Remigio at Beth Parrocha)

Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng)

There are lots of conflicts in this novel. It opens with Lydia’s death. One morning, her family members just realize that she’s already missing. They call the police, eventually; the search begins. Yet, to their surprise, Lydia’s body is found at the bottom of the lake near their house. Someone’s behind her death, Marilyn, her mother, thinks. … Continue reading Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time (Mark Haddon)

This is not your ordinary detective novel. The story begins when a dog called Wellington gets killed one night. Christopher, the protagonist, is about to say hi to his neighbor’s pet but to his surprise, the dog’s already dead. Someone has just stabbed him with a garden fork. Then, his adventure begins. After the incident, … Continue reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time (Mark Haddon)