Book Review: An Era of Darkness by Shashi Tharoor

An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India by Shashi Tharoor My rating: 4 of 5 stars “When Willy Brandt was chancellor of Germany, he sank to his knees at the Warsaw Ghetto in 1970 to apologize to Polish Jews for the Holocaust.” This ain’t never happening in India. In this utterly brilliant book, […]

Book Review: The Garlic Ballads by Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)

The Garlic Ballads by Mo Yan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Brutal, unyielding, and flummoxing in its violent telling, The Garlic Ballads may have been more aptly titled, The Garlic Laments. This book is shocking and nearly absurd in its rampaging cruelty. I spent most of my time reading it with my eyes bulging […]

Book Review: Quicksand by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Quicksand by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was such an utterly fascinating read. What begins innocuously as a tale of forbidden love between two women quickly unravels into a novel of grand deceit, depravity, narcissism, blackmail, and deliberate wickedness. More than once while reading it I was reminded of Sarah Waters […]