Category: Book Review

Review: The Tale of the Unknown Island

I tracked down a copy of José Saramago’s The Tale of the Unknown Island after reading the opening lines: A man went to knock at the king’s door and said, Give me a boat. The king’s house had many other doors, but this was…

Review: The Sellout — Five Stars

I haven’t read much modern satire and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout convinced me I should start. The Sellout’s depiction of the Supreme Court in the prologue is so pointed (and uproariously funny) because everyone knows which Justices are being mocked with no footnotes necessary….

Review: Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn is the most guilty-pleasure-y of the Daphne du Maurier books I’ve read. The romantic and melodramatic elements are over the top; it’s salacious, it’s predictable, and yet it’s so entertaining. That said, I don’t want to knock it too hard for its cliched…

Review: How Right You Are, Jeeves

There’s a lot of potential humor in a Jeeves-less Wooster. Though Wooster gets in stickier spots when unsupervised, they’re not as much fun.

Review: The Vegetarian

What a spectacularly well-written and spectacularly disturbing book.