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August 2022 Reading Roundup

My reading in August was dominated by listening to six books by the same author on a long, long road trip across Europe.

The View From Belmont by Kevyn Alan Arthur

The View From Belmont raises interesting questions of race and gender amid the barbarousness of a slave-owning society. The dual narrative was a promising technique, but it didn't feel fully…

Borges Marathon, Part 9: Et Cetera

This section in A Universal History of Iniquity includes several interesting fragments, some of which could provide the basis for interesting stories but are not really developed.

Book Review: Cambridge by Caryl Phillips

This dual narrative set in a 19th-century Caribbean island is an interesting exploration of a critical period, but the narratives feel unbalanced: we spend a lot of time immersed in the prejudices of the plantation owner's daughter, while the account…

May 2022 Reading Roundup

Here's what I read this month, from a novel set in Cyprus and partly narrated by a fig tree to an exploration of the importance of disorder in cities.
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We Are All Connected

Musings on life and feeling good while living in an interconnected and deeply unfair world.

April 2022 Reading Roundup

This month's reading featured Caribbean literary fiction, politics, economics, and the moving tales of a Berlin chiropodist.