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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 ordinary American family. Walter, the dad, is known as an … Continue reading Freedom (Jonathan Franzen)

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Sputnik Sweetheart (Haruki Murakami)

A friend of mine just told me how pissed she was upon reaching the end of this novel. Another friend, on the other hand, said that she appreciated how realistic it was. She thought it was the most logical thing to happen, given the circumstances of the characters. And I am still left with mixed emotions. Sputnik Sweetheart tells the story of Sumire, an aspiring writer who … Continue reading Sputnik Sweetheart (Haruki Murakami)

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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, makikita ang regularidad ng gamit ng wika. Bukod sa mga … Continue reading Papel De Liha (Ompong Remigio at Beth Parrocha)

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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. Even Nath, her brother, believes a guy named Jack has … Continue reading Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng)

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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, he decides to find out who the dog killer is. … Continue reading The Curious Incident Of The Dog In Night-Time (Mark Haddon)

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The Fault In Our Stars (John Green)

I agree with Hazel Lancaster. In many stories, cancer patients are depicted as weak individuals who just depend on other people’s pity. I am aware, too, that in many stories, cancer patients experience miracles no matter what, no matter how improbable it is in their situations. “The world is not a wish-granting factory.” – from John Green’s The Fault in our Stars Yet in John … Continue reading The Fault In Our Stars (John Green)

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Kafka On The Shore (Haruki Murakami)

If you are the kind of person who wants to know everything — as in every little detail of all the things — this book may not be for you. For in this book, there is more to knowing the facts and being familiar with every aspect of them. Here, there are some things that are better left unsaid. Yet, that does not mean you … Continue reading Kafka On The Shore (Haruki Murakami)

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No One Belongs Here More Than You (Miranda July)

I myself almost committed the same mistake. I did not pick up a copy of this book from the shelves of bookstores I had visited, thinking it would just be another so-so read. Good thing, though, my friend A started talking about it. He said he liked the book a lot and since I have always trusted his taste, I gave it a shot. I read it. … Continue reading No One Belongs Here More Than You (Miranda July)

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The Financial Lives Of The Poets (Jess Walter)

  “How do you know when you’ve gone too far? When you can’t go back?” This, definitely, is one of the most striking lines in this book. Written by Jess Walter, The Financial Lives of the Poets tells the story of a Matthew, who quit his job as a reporter to pursue his long time dream–to write verses about money matters. Things don’t go well for him, … Continue reading The Financial Lives Of The Poets (Jess Walter)

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Look Who’s Back (Timur Vermes)

  Imagine Adolf Hitler waking up in Berlin in 2011. He sees a different Germany and wonders what have become of his efforts back in the day. Later on, the fuhrer gets mistaken for a method actor and becomes a comedian known for his grumpy remarks about the country and the foreigners. People also think he is taking things too far by not taking a … Continue reading Look Who’s Back (Timur Vermes)

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Room (Emma Donoghue)

Room tells the story of Ma and Jack. At first, things seem normal. They stay in a room, so what? Yet, subtle yet meaningful details imply, little by little, that there’s actually something wrong with the whole setup. Why let Jack sleep inside the wardrobe, in the first place? Also, isn’t it strange that Old Nick, another character in the novel, just comes in at … Continue reading Room (Emma Donoghue)

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Why We Broke Up (Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman)

“Intriguing.” It was my first reaction upon seeing this book. No wonder, I actually bought a copy of it when I went to a nearby bookstore one day. It is a beautiful book, literally. My copy is hard bound, and the pages are glossy. I must say, the material is perfect for its kind. It’s full of illustrations, after all. Sure, these pictures are among … Continue reading Why We Broke Up (Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman)