Category: Cultural

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie The story of life for Koreans in Japan, told through four generations and eight decades. ➽ “I found Pachinko a deeply engrossing story about the burdens of a Korean family living as immigrants  in Japan during the 20th…

When I Hit You: Or A Portrait Of The Writer As A Young Wife – Meena Kandasamy

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel An unnamed narrator tells a story of domestic violence and modern marriage in India through the beauty of literature.” ➽ “Named for James Joyce’s debut novel, this book examines modern Inidan marriages and brutality in a way not done…

East Of The West – Miroslav Penkov

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks ◉ “I was initially put off reading this book as I don’t particularly like short stories – they usually seem to be too short and I am often left wanting more. However this collection has me converted –…

Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks Marco Polo describes the cities he visited on his expeditions to Kublai Khan, emperor of the Tartars. ◉ “A small strange little book that needs to be read slowly as if you have all the time in the world. Calvino packs…

The Lives Of Others – Neel Mukherjee

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Set in 1966 Calcutta, the Ghosh family represents the nation as it battles an imploding business and poisonous family battles. ✎ “The harrowing opening pages provide the perfect juxtaposition to the petty woes of the Ghosh family whom we are soon introduced…

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hossieni

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo Written from the perspective of Afghan women trapped within their country’s strict regime, this book focuses on the friendship between Mariam and Laila who are wives of the same man. ✎ “Harrowing but addictive. You need to be ready for…

The God Of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia This Indian novel is about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the “love laws” that dictate who should be loved, and how. And how much.  ❖ “I thought” – Sophia ❖ “And I thought” – Jo ❖…