Monthly Archives: June 2010


The Admirable Crichton

The Admirable Crichton is a play by J.M. Barrie (of Peter Pan fame), and tells the story of a few Victorian nobles and their servants who are shipwrecked on a desert island. The text of the play is written with readers in mind, however, with […]

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The Handmaid’s Tale

Although I had only read two of her novels before (Cat’s Eye and The Penelopiad), they were enough to convince me of Margaret Atwood’s exceptional writing ability. I was, thus, excited to start The Handmaid’s Tale. This novel is set in a dystopian near-future, in […]



A Christmas gift that I only now got around to reading, Tribe is the autobiographical account of Bruce Parry’s time spent with 15 different tribes across the globe. He did this for a BBC television show, but also wrote a book detailing his experiences. This […]


The Songs of a Distant Earth

I found this short collection of Arthur C. Clarke science-fiction short stories in a second-hand store, and found The Songs of a Distant Earth to be thoroughly enjoyable. I often find science-fiction somewhat tedious, as there is a tendency to focus too much on technology […]


Gentlemen of the Road

Michael Chabon’s novel Gentlemen of the Road tells the story of a pair of highwaymen in the Middle East, near what is today Turkey and Khazakstan, during the late Middle Ages. While the writing is somewhat superficial, and lacks the depth and insight to make […]


Brave New World

I read Aldous Huxley’s dystopian classic Brave New World for the first time a number of years ago, and was thus pleased when a book club choice gave me a chance to read it again. An interesting counter to Orwell’s 1984, Huxley’s future is far […]


The Bridge Across Forever

I am a fervent fan of Richard Bach’s novella Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, and as a result was quite intrigued to read another of his books. The Bridge Across Forever is a semi-autobiographical account of how Bach met and [eventually] married his second wife, Leslie Parrish. […]


Chronicle of a Death Fortold

Chronicle of a Death Fortold by Gabriel García Márquez (better known for Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude) tells exactly what its title suggests: the tale of a death foretold. Set in a small Latin American town, it details […]


‘n Ander Tongval

Saam met Country of My Skull en Begging to Be Black vorm ‘n Ander Tongval ‘n tipe trilogie, drie afsonderlike werke wat die Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing bestudeer en bespreek. Krog het ‘n ongelooflike vermoe om dinge raak te sien en uit te lig, en wys op […]