Articles tagged literary fiction

Wednesday, July 16 2014

‘Bellweather Rhapsody’ Is an Entertaining and Enthralling Yarn

What makes this novel interesting is that it is peppered with a cast of characters who are still living in the past, or are afraid of the future.


Thursday, May 2 2013

‘The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards’ Hits Quick and Dirty

This is an often dazzling, promising start from a gifted young writer who may go places if he just tempers a bit of his flashiness and makes his characters more likable.


Thursday, October 27 2011

‘1Q84’: A World that Bears a Question

Huraki Murakami is stretching himself to create a sort of hybrid between his humourous and off-beat slipstream novels and the aching and yearning of romance that permeates his more mainstream stuff.


Monday, May 30 2011

Small Towns, Big Secrets in Elizabeth Hay’s Richly Woven ‘Alone in the Classroom’

Alone in the Classroom is a stirring, majestic tale that is ultimately about small towns in Canada and the many layered secrets that they harbour.


Tuesday, May 10 2011

‘Funeral for a Dog’ Is a Decidedly Unmoral Book That Celebrates the Depravity of Human Nature

Funeral for a Dog is a meditative look at male-female relationships that tries to plumb deep, but stays splashing at the surface.


Thursday, March 17 2011

‘Spooner’: The Travails of the Dim One

Spooner is a bit of an odd book in that it combines humour and tragedy, often in the same breath, which is an uneasy combination.


Tuesday, February 8 2011

‘The Weekend’: Terrorism Without Any Terror

The Weekend is a light and superficial novel that side-steps the core issues of the subject matter, terrorism, leaving readers feeling still hungry after eating a full-course meal.


Wednesday, January 12 2011

An American Microcosm Captured in Gish Jen’s ‘World and Town’

World and Town offers a bit of a microcosm of small town life and how it reacts to the transgressions of the rest of the world upon it.


Tuesday, September 28 2010

‘Mr. Peanut’: Malice in Marriage

Mr. Peanut never truly takes off: it merely stays mired in the failings of marriage without anything resembling an in-depth look at why some people are so unhappy in their unions.


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