It is less than a hundred days before Christmas and there is a festive reason to head now to Paete – the abundance of Christmas decors! At the onset of the holiday season, one of the shops in this small town, M&E Paete Handicraft, otherwise close during the rest of the year, welcomes customers with […]
Archives for September 2015
From Pakistan, Changez, the protagonist and narrator of Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, moved to New York to study Finance at prestigious Princeton University. Changez’s affluent family was not spared from the hard times that swept Pakistan and his American education was due primarily to granted aid and loans. The combination of determination, focus, and […]
Each time wanderlust or circumstance brings me to a place for the first time, I try to understand the locality better by speed-reading on the history, visiting the town plaza where a monument is occasionally erected in memory of a storied past, or inquiring on how the place got its name. Most often, Philippine localities […]
If there is only one word I could employ to describe Haruki Murakami’s fiction, it would be hypnotic. I was in trance going through the maze of his multi-layered novel, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. This novel was admittedly not a quick read for me. I realized that I had been lugging this quite thick book […]
This is a brief review of Jessica Zafra’s The Stories So Far.
This is a brief review of Tom Rachman’s novel, The Imperfectionists.