Tag: Literature

Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis

“Fifteen Dogs” by André Alexis
Publication date: April 1, 2015
Publisher: Coach House Books
Pages: 171
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

One thing that I love about taking literature courses is being assigned readings that are also on my TBR list. Though the professor gave us a little over a week to read the book, I finished it in two days. André Alexis was able to captivate me immediately within the first few pages of his novel Fifteen DogsIt won numerous prizes such as the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2015 and was recently named the winner of the 2017 edition of Canada Reads.

Are You Ready for “Go Set a Watchman”?

It has been 55 years since Harper Lee’s debut and only novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and she stated that it would be her last. It was an instant success and has been a beloved piece of literature that taught us about social inequality, the importance of moral education, and the coexistence of good and evil. When the author announced the publication of her second book earlier this year, it brought much excitement to most bookworms. “Go Set a Watchman” has been said to be a sequel set 20 years after the events of Lee’s previous book though in reality, it was written a decade before. Her editor back then suggested that she write another book telling the story that we all know instead of having this one published. The original manuscript was then lost for years until Lee’s lawyer discovered it in 2014.

For One More Day by Mitch Albom

For One More Day by Mitch Albom
Publication date: September 26, 2006
Publisher: Hachette Books
Pages: 208
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and relationship that lasts a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?”

I’m sure it’s something that we have all thought of at some point. What if we could spend more time with our grandfather before he passes away? What if we are able to cook our grandmother’s favourite dish one last time? What if we have a chance to reconcile with our siblings before it’s too late? What if we are able to say our goodbyes?

Monsieur Linh and His Child by Philippe Claudel

Monsieur Linh and His Child by Philippe Claudel
Publication date: 2005
Publisher: Le Livre de Poche
Originally published by Éditions Stock
Pages: 183
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

In a previous book review, I shared with you my thoughts on Ru by Canadian author Kim Thúy (click here to read the review). I sincerely wanted to fall in love with her debut novel but ended up being disappointed due to the lack of…heart. The story was told in a perspective that I wasn’t able to connect with; the story felt like sunshine and butterflies when in reality, Vietnamese refugees did not experience an easy and poetic journey as the author made her character’s to be. This week, I thought I’d revisit another novel that shares a similar topic. It was never stated throughout the novel that the story was based on the Vietnam War but you can speculate by the name used for the main character and the circumstances.

Ru by Kim Thúy

Ru by Kim Thúy
Publication date: October 2009
Publisher: Libre Expression (French edition)
Random House Canada (English edition)
Pages: 145
Rating:

“Kim Thúy’s Ru is nothing short of exquisite – a beautiful and lyrically written book that quietly takes your breath away.” – Heather Reisman, Chief Executive Office of Indigo

Not only did the good reviews had me very excited to get my hands on this book but the author is a Vietnamese-born Canadian. I was so proud to see someone from my community be recognized for something other than being a doctor, pharmacist or accountant. No disrespect of course. Though Kim Thúy is a lawyer by profession, she is now known as an award-winning author. Her debut novel won the Governor General’s Award for French Language fiction in 2010 and recently, the 2015 edition of Canada Reads. It was also shortlisted nominee for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award.