Which is It? A Man Called Ove or Up?

I recently experienced a moving story revolving around an old man of Nordic descent surviving the death of his free-spirited wife, and engaging in behaviour that threatens his own life. In the process, he inadvertently met and became reluctantly entwined with a pushy younger person-of-colour. The old man is a very disagreeable curmudgeon who spendsContinue reading “Which is It? A Man Called Ove or Up?”

This is Your Brain on Epilepsy: A Review of Iasmin Omar Ata’s Mis(h)adra

I picked this graphic novel at the recent Big Bad Wolf sale without knowing anything about it, but something about the cover and title got its hooks into me. Mis(h)adra is a bit of a wordplay referencing two Arabic words: “mishadra”, which means “cannot”, and “misadra” which means seizure. In a way, it is anContinue reading “This is Your Brain on Epilepsy: A Review of Iasmin Omar Ata’s Mis(h)adra”

The Cost of Society: A Review of Murata Sayaka’s Convenience Store Woman

I recently spent a week in Japan for my holiday, and I wanted to read something that would inform me on contemporary Japanese society. I saw Murata Sayaka’s Convenience Store Woman being recommended by many reviewers—and having read it, I find myself equally inclined to recommend it. One of the tropes I enjoy in literatureContinue reading “The Cost of Society: A Review of Murata Sayaka’s Convenience Store Woman”

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