Category Archives: Book Reviews

The Outsider

For those of you uninitiated with Camus and his works, reading the novel for the first time may leave you completely baffled about the author’s intentions. The Outsider, a Nobel Prize Literature text, is about a guy called Meursault who … Continue reading

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The Boat

The Boat is a collection of short stories by Nam Le, an Australian-Vietnamese writer, who came over to Australia with his parents when he was a young child. Nam Le worked as a corporate lawyer before he became a writer. … Continue reading

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Arranged Marriage

Arranged Marriage is a debut collection of short stories by Chitra B Divakaruni, an Indian-American award-winning author, poet and teacher. She is also the author of One Amazing Thing, Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, Palace of Illusions, Conch … Continue reading

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The Old Man and the Sea

I had not read any of Hemingway’s works until I chanced upon The Old Man and the Sea, and was surprised that it was never introduced as a Literature text while I was at school. The novella played a huge … Continue reading

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Road Story

Road Story is the first novella written by Julienne van Loon, author of Harmless and Beneath the Bloodwood Tree.Road Story won the Australian Vogel Award in 2004. This is a story of friendship and of drug addiction. Eighteen-year old Diana … Continue reading

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On Being Gay in ‘Death in Venice’

Death in Venice is a novella (one of those long short stories) written by the German novelist Thomas Mann. The story revolves around an ageing writer’s obsession with a young Polish boy. It reflects themes on the duality of art … Continue reading

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Get Your Teeth Into This

I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Teeth” by Lee Gutkind, from the book The People of Penn’s Woods West. “Teeth” is about a woman whose husband makes her remove her perfectly healthy teeth in a barter exchange with a dentist. This may … Continue reading

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