THE TEN BEST BOOKS I’VE READ IN 2018 (SO FAR)

I've been suffering from reader's block recently, so I don't have any fresh new reviews this week, despite having a number of excellent books on the go. However, it's also the mid-point of 2018, more or less, so I figured this would be a good time to look back and take stock of the highlights … Continue reading THE TEN BEST BOOKS I’VE READ IN 2018 (SO FAR)

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NON-REVIEW: THE WHITE BOOK, BY HAN KANG, TRANSLATED BY DEBORAH SMITH (2018)

My mind is seldom quiet when I read. Over the past year and two months, I've reviewed at least one book each week, with almost no weeks off. As a result, I've become better at formulating opinions on the books I read. I've learned tricks—like reading part of the book aloud to myself, to get … Continue reading NON-REVIEW: THE WHITE BOOK, BY HAN KANG, TRANSLATED BY DEBORAH SMITH (2018)

REVIEW: THE ACCUSATION BY BANDI, TRANSLATED BY DEBORAH SMITH (2017)

How do you review a book like Bandi's The Accusation? People literally risked their lives to smuggle it out of North Korea, concealing it between works by King Sung-Il, the current dictator's grandfather, who was himself the country's dictator between 1948 and his death in 1994. The author (whose true name remains unknown--"bandi" means firefly) … Continue reading REVIEW: THE ACCUSATION BY BANDI, TRANSLATED BY DEBORAH SMITH (2017)

BOOK REVIEW: HUMAN ACTS, BY HAN KANG, TRANSLATED BY DEBORAH SMITH (2017)

I read the final 60 pages of Human Acts at the circus. I'd accompanied my wife at a handstand class, and as I waited for it to be finished, all around me people were doing the most shocking things with their bodies. Squeezing their toes, tensing their feet, stretching their arms, faces reddening with effort, veins … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: HUMAN ACTS, BY HAN KANG, TRANSLATED BY DEBORAH SMITH (2017)