Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book review of My Struggle 2: A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard

I’ve just finished reading A Man in Love, book 2 of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s 3,600-page, 6-volume autobiographic “novel,” My Struggle. This work was a sensation in Norway, where one in nine citizens has bought a copy. My Struggle has been … Continue reading

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Zadie Smith talks to Eleanor Wachtel about dance, Swing Time, and joy

I’m driving my car on the highway on a dark Vancouver evening between five and six o’clock. I have to concentrate on the road because the rain is pelting down. My wipers are going furiously and water has pooled in … Continue reading

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Books 2016: A year of strange characters, both fictional and “fictionalized”

This year I wished I had a blog that functioned as an online readers’ salon. I read many books, and though most of them were neither new nor at the forefront of literary discussions in Canada, they each deserved a … Continue reading

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Book review: Taking the plunge into Jonathan Lee’s High Dive

Today I couldn’t resist reading Jonathan Lee’s High Dive until I’d finished every word, including the Afterword and the Acknowledgements. Seventy pages or so. Yeah, I was completely immersed in that book—didn’t take a look out the window, or a … Continue reading

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Anaïs Nin describes her LSD trip, natural highs, and the transformative role of the artist

Reading The Diary of Anaïs Nin Volume Five 1947–1955 Recently I finished rereading the fifth volume of The Diary of Anaïs Nin.  I had picked it  off my bookshelf months ago when I had nothing new to read; perhaps I … Continue reading

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Balcony sunsets

Cooling off during a long hot summer: Part II I’m a morning person but in the summer my favourite time of day is post-sunset. My apartment becomes stifling between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. On every hot sunny day, I look … Continue reading

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Rave Book Review: Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being By Ruth Ozeki I wasn’t very far into A Tale for the Time Being when I realized I had stumbled upon a treasure: an utterly captivating writer who had me immersed in a book … Continue reading

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Enchantment with books Part I: Tim Winton’s Eyrie

From late September until early November, I read several good books, attended Vancouver Writers Fest events, and listened to radio interviews of writers (mainly CBC’s wonderful Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel). Every one of these books or interviews overwhelmed … Continue reading

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Dulce et Decorum Est

Dulce et Decorum Est  by Wilfred Owen Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turn our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men … Continue reading

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Summer fun–Part 1: Childhood summers and Flowers for Algernon

Summer is not just my favourite season; summer is me. Summer is heat, freedom, senses always alive, moving from peaks of sensitivity and delight to the drowsiness of summer’s lazy lethargy and the exhaustion following brief nights of slumber and … Continue reading

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