WHILE THE WOMEN ARE SLEEPING by Javier Marias

This collection of short stories is intriguing and memorable, firstly for its peculiar themes and obsessions, secondly (contrary to what one might expect) because the earlier pieces seem far “better” than the later.

June 13, 2011 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEAD by Kevin Brockmeier

Kevin Brockmeier builds his novel, A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEAD, on a platitude: the dead live on in the memory of the living. The City is a mysterious metropolis that seems to expand by folding in on itself, much like the convoluted corrugations of the brain, in order to accommodate its ever-increasing population. However, this unearthly metastasis notwithstanding, The City isn’t much different than any urban environment found in the living world. People get up, they go to work, they go grocery shopping, and life is still filled with the minor annoyances endemic to city life like “the blasting sound of garbage trucks in the morning, chewing gum on the pavement, and the smell of rotting fish by the river.”

June 5, 2011 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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A RIVER CALLED TIME by Mia Couto

In 2003 following the invasion of Iraq, Couto–understanding the first hand results of the devastating effects of civil war on innocents–wrote an open letter to President Bush criticizing American foreign policy. With that information in mind, it should come as no surprise that Couto is a writer whose novels carry global, social significance. Couto is a writer who cares about the world humans tend to trash, and he’s a writer who believes in taking a stand.

September 26, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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