While a majority yearns for the immersion that a full-length novel can deliver, such immersion can also be provided by stories that are shorter than usual.
Over the years, especially in times of turmoil, countless people have found comfort in the lessons and lives of the Stoics. But, as Sellars emphasises, the real benefit arises only if we incorporate these ideas into our daily lives.
Many contemporary Chinese writers have offered us a window into the country’s lived reality. Among them is novelist Yu Hua whose work, from early avantgarde to grotesque realism, critiques China’s development from the Cultural Revolution to its modern-day variety of hyper-capitalism.
It can take some skill to understand what individuals say and what they mean.
Re-reading can tell us more about ourselves than about the book in question. In a larger sense, it can also reflect how times have changed.
Reading at whim will make you stumble across books you really like, which will lead you to more books, which will lead to yet more.
The glee with which Kosinski skewers the pretensions of movers and shakers is infectious, and it is evident on almost every page of the book.
It’s the victimisation at the heart of an utterly ordinary situation which makes ‘The Lottery’ so unnerving, and which caused its first readers to react the way they did.
Narrators, clearly, have an outsized role to play in one’s enjoyment of an audiobook.
The Pied Piper’s tale is among those that come to mind when reading acclaimed Spanish author Andrés Barba’s new novel, A Luminous Republic, in an English translation by Lisa Dillman.