Category Archives: Fiction

The Miniaturist

Like Henrik Ibsen’s Nora Helmer, Petronella Oortman appears to be living the dolls’ house life at the start of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist. It is 1686, and 18-years old Petronella has just been married off to the older and much

The Miniaturist

Like Henrik Ibsen’s Nora Helmer, Petronella Oortman appears to be living the dolls’ house life at the start of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist. It is 1686, and 18-years old Petronella has just been married off to the older and much

Bamboo Heart by Ann Bennett

Ann Bennett’s Bamboo Heart begins with Tom Ellis, a captive of the Japanese working on the Death Railway in 1943, in solitary confinement. It is in these opening pages and the narrow confines of his pit prison that we learn

Bamboo Heart by Ann Bennett

Ann Bennett’s Bamboo Heart begins with Tom Ellis, a captive of the Japanese working on the Death Railway in 1943, in solitary confinement. It is in these opening pages and the narrow confines of his pit prison that we learn

Why you should read: John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row

I was recently introduced to Cannery Row at a book club. As the only non-white person there, and coincidentally of Chinese descent, I was very curious about my fellow readers’ thoughts on the two Chinese characters in the book –

Why you should read: John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row

I was recently introduced to Cannery Row at a book club. As the only non-white person there, and coincidentally of Chinese descent, I was very curious about my fellow readers’ thoughts on the two Chinese characters in the book –

Feature: The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien

There have been many attempts at anthologizing the works of Brian O’Nolan. Most of the anthologies collect the work of O’Nolan as a newspaper man – The Best of Myles, Further Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn and The Hair of Dogma,

Feature: The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien

There have been many attempts at anthologizing the works of Brian O’Nolan. Most of the anthologies collect the work of O’Nolan as a newspaper man – The Best of Myles, Further Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn and The Hair of Dogma,

Five Star Billionaire

Shifting between a series of seemingly disparate narratives, Tash Aw’s latest work, Five-Star Billionaire, traces the lives of five Malaysians in the less familiar land of Shanghai, all whom share a common goal: to fulfill their material desires one way

Five Star Billionaire

Shifting between a series of seemingly disparate narratives, Tash Aw’s latest work, Five-Star Billionaire, traces the lives of five Malaysians in the less familiar land of Shanghai, all whom share a common goal: to fulfill their material desires one way

Why you should read: The Map and the Territory

Michael Kearney drinks in the multifaceted cartography of Michel Houellebecq’s making (you have to let your brain absorb all of the elements of the parenthetical setting in one go). By What Hodological Map Should I Read This? I was reading

Why you should read: The Map and the Territory

Michael Kearney drinks in the multifaceted cartography of Michel Houellebecq’s making (you have to let your brain absorb all of the elements of the parenthetical setting in one go). By What Hodological Map Should I Read This? I was reading

Spider Boys

Kim is scare of traffic, makes everybody laugh when she hesitates about as they cross busy roads. Big Mole was happy to lead her across. Big Mole ask with her brown Malay face, “Where do you stay?” “Ho Swee Hill,

Spider Boys

Kim is scare of traffic, makes everybody laugh when she hesitates about as they cross busy roads. Big Mole was happy to lead her across. Big Mole ask with her brown Malay face, “Where do you stay?” “Ho Swee Hill,