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My Name Is Red

By Orhan Pamuk, A Philosophical Art Mystery

Huh. I liked this book in theory. My Name is Red reads like a philosophical mystery, except it’s only about art philosophy. It’s a story about a murder among a group of miniaturists (which are basically artists), and it is set in the Ottoman Empire. The book itself was originally written in Turkish. The idea …

           

The Poisonwood Bible

By Barbara Kingsolver, A Well-Written Story of A Missionary Family in the Congo

I promised, like three years ago, to Jessie that I would read something by Barbara Kingsolver, who she says is one of her favorite writers. So, true to my (procrastinating) word, I finally got around to and finished The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver earlier today. Plot Summary The Poisonwood Bible is largely set in …

                       

The Historian

By Elizabeth Kostova, A Gothic Adventure through European History

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, was longer than I thought it would be (the pages are thin). Luckily, it was also very enjoyable. I finished it a couple days ago, but I finally have time to come up with a quick review now. The primary thread through the story is a young woman who discovers …

                 

Shalimar The Clown

By Salman Rushdie, An Inquiry Into Religion, Love and Revenge

It’s the oldest of stories told in the newest of ways. Recently rereleased in paperback, Shalimar the Clown is an inquiry into the most primal themes and perennial human conflicts – religion, love and revenge. It’s a novel draped in ancient mythologies and folklore, where Rumpelstiltskin dances alongside Indian princesses. Yet out of the reverie …