Michael Ondaatje: Warlight

It was inclement weather with relentless rain pelting down against window glass in that glacial afternoon, I remembered. Warmer temperature unusually gave the classroom a lethargic atmosphere. A heavy silence fell over the room as the teacher lectured on the history of Russian literature. The sound of her hoarse voice echoed around the space, like… Continue reading Michael Ondaatje: Warlight

Alice Munro: Dear Life

I remember the time when working as an assistant editor of an academic journal. Every Monday afternoon, there was a regular meeting holding in the office of editor-in-chief. Without lively discussions, all the conversations were inevitably punctuated by uncomfortable silences. No one dared to speak. The editor was not the archetype of a solemn or… Continue reading Alice Munro: Dear Life

Kazuo Ishiguro: The Remains of the Day

We are all “butlers” to a certain extent. At this moment in time, people endure the agonies of excessive democracy, which not only degenerates the protection of minority rights, but ensues the potential threat to freedom. Given that the current political climate around the world, it is hardly an exaggeration to claim that corrupted representative… Continue reading Kazuo Ishiguro: The Remains of the Day

Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale

Heads bowed, dressed in red cloaks with white bonnets. People march in silence through the streets. It has become one of the most powerful and influential symbols for women’s rights protest ever since the outbreak of #Metoo movement. All the images created by feminine activists seem to be channeling the classic novel written by Canadian… Continue reading Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale

Han Kang: The White Book

Speaking of “white thing,” what will first come into your mind? The answers must be various. The color white traditionally has multiple symbolized meanings, most of which provide positive implications. Purity, virginity, spirituality, illumination, etc. In this book however we are given the opportunity to reconsider the fragile coexistence of heaviness and myriads of sorrows… Continue reading Han Kang: The White Book

Albert Camus: The Outsider

Before starting the story, I’d like to explain why I chose The Outsider for the first book review. On the 18th birthday, I made a decision—buying myself a book regardless of the genre every year as a birthday ritual. The choice of book is definitely not a spontaneous thing, but rather it should deliver certain… Continue reading Albert Camus: The Outsider