Koreans, Autism and Isolation – How ‘Miracle Creek’ Hits Close to Home

Koreans, Autism and Isolation – How ‘Miracle Creek’ Hits Close to Home

I was wondering whether to put ‘Cultural Differences’ instead of ‘Koreans’ in my title. Could ‘Koreans’ somehow sound a bit …  I don’t know … politically incorrect, I wondered. Especially since the word is followed by ‘autism’ and ‘isolation’, neither of which has positive associations. But no, I decided to stick to ‘Koreans’. After all, [...]

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – is it ignoble to criticise a noble book?

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – is it ignoble to criticise a noble book?

First of all, let me emphasise that this truly is a noble book. Really, I mean it. I’m not being facetious. Even though I’m about to embark upon a few critical thoughts, I still fervently maintain that this is a noble book. And for that reason alone, I say Hats off to the author, Heather Morris. [...]

The Silent Patient: Great book; mediocre writing?

The Silent Patient: Great book; mediocre writing?

I thought I’d have a blog-chat about something completely different this week. Namely, about a novel that everyone in the bookish world appears to be talking about of late: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelikes. I’ve read a lot of books this summer holiday, but The Silent Patient is one that I have found almost impossible [...]

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely … Lost for Words? Great vs Mediocre Writing

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely … Lost for Words? Great vs Mediocre Writing

I’ve been thinking lately, as we all do. But I’ve been thinking specifically about what makes a great book, as opposed to merely a mediocre book. I won’t bother conjecturing about what makes a bad book, even though lots of those get published as well and sometimes even acclaimed as bestsellers. In my opinion, the [...]