Vintage Munro – Alice Munro

Canadian writer Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013 and is considered to be "the master of the contemporary short story" (from the Presentation Speech). In her stories, ordinary people's voices intersect to create an intricacy where they do not necessarily meet. They barely touch being unaware of each other's presence and yet … Continue reading Vintage Munro – Alice Munro

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

This is an unusual on-the-road story whose protagonist is not a young man who hitchhikes around America or wanders around some city in search of himself. In short, there's no Sal Paradise or "catcher in the rye" or Mr Humbert. The protagonist here is Mr Stevens, the butler of a great English house named Darlington Hall (now … Continue reading The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers – Xiaolu Guo

This is not a common novel. Not at all. In fact, it's a kind of dictionary and, at the same time, travel diary. And although the title may suggest that this is a love story, something more complicated is hidden behind this broad label. Love is certainly central to this novel but love is mainly the … Continue reading A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers – Xiaolu Guo