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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has two layers: the icing, but a thin veneer, albeit a quite interesting one, is the story of a boy who wanted to see the world. Underneath, it describes “The Secret”: that the whole universe conspires to help you achieve your dreams. There is also a passing reference to “The […]

7 March 2010 | Book review | 2 Comments

Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

It’s hard not to be emotionally involved with Tess. She’s a nice girl – kind-hearted, responsible, industrious. But fate is just too cruel to her. On the other hand, Tess is also rather naïve. At every turn of event, you want to say, “no, Tess, no!” But this is Hardy’s novel and so Tess has […]

23 June 2009 | Book review | 1 Comment

Silas Marner by George Eliot

First, just so you could say, “yeah, I know” if anyone ever mentions that George Eliot is a woman, is that the author’s real name is Mary Ann Evans. Silas Marner, the hero of the story, is this dude who has withdrawn from society because he was accused of a crime he didn’t commit. (Aside: […]

22 June 2009 | Book review | 1 Comment

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the great classics of American literature. It’s about justice and standing up for what’s right in the face of overwhelming opposition, told from the point of view of a little girl. As you might have guessed, it’s set in the early 1940’s when segregation was still the norm.
So […]

28 August 2008 | Book review | 1 Comment

The World Is Flat: The Globalized World in the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman

Apparently this book, in the author’s own words, has spawned a “cottage industry of articles with variations on the title ‘The World Is Not Flat’”. Well, saying the world is flat is definitely a provocative assertion. Mr. Friedman is putting forth that we are now entering an era of a new kind of globalization, what […]

21 July 2008 | Book review | 2 Comments