Category Archives: Book Reviews

How Splendid is “A Thousand Splendid Suns”?

By Shivananth Ilayanambi Spanning decades, Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns follows the story of two women as they navigate their lives in Afghanistan under Soviet, Taliban, and finally, no rule. Mariam is the daughter of a rich businessman and his housemaid. She was born out of wedlock after her father slept with one of

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Is “Battle Royale” Worth the Read?

After they read the very first page, readers will refuse to put down Koushin Takami’s masterpiece, Battle Royale. The dystopia follows a junior high school class whose members are driven to fight each other to the death in a program organized by the Republic of Greater Asia, a totalitarian Japanese government. Although completed in 1996,

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“East of Eden” is Truly John Steinbeck’s Magnum Opus

Recreating the stories of Genesis through two interweaving families, East of Eden has captured the hearts of its readers since its publication in 1952. The first family, the Hamiltons, is led by the self-educated Irishman, Samuel Hamilton. Samuel and his wife, Liza, raise nine children in the Salinas Valley of California. Although never wealthy, the

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