Tag Archives: translation

The Tarot Cafe (series), by Sang-Sun Park

I don’t read a lot of manga. I’ve tried a few in the past and they didn’t appeal to me, artistically, plus I had a hard time following the plots. So I’m not sure why, on my first trip to … Continue reading

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Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (audio)

Someone is burning up all of Julian Carax’s books, a man with a leathery face who calls himself after the name of the devil in Carax’s latest book. Young Daniel Sempere, son of a bookseller, saves his copy of The … Continue reading

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Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo (audio)

This is an incredibly difficult book to review, for multiple reasons. I won’t even begin to try to summarize it. I spent two months and two days listening to the audiobook of Les Miserables, so that the experience stretched out … Continue reading

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The Book of Margery Kempe, by Margery Kempe

This is an autobiography from the early 1400s of a woman who was apparently considered quite saintly. Basically, she had fits and religious delusions, gave herself over to crying and weeping so hard she astonished people continually (even those who … Continue reading

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The Fortune of the Rougons, by Émile Zola

While I’ve loved almost every Zola I’ve read in the past, I was not sold on this book. At least three-quarters of it is backstory, and it felt very clumsily put together. I appreciate the Rougon-Macquart history laid out in … Continue reading

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Readathon: Emma (vol 1), by Kaoru Mori

Historical fiction, London. Emma is a maid for a retired governess. She is beautiful, but either unconscious of that beauty, or unwilling to flaunt it, despite multiple suitors. She does, however, begin to fall for William Jones, a rich young … Continue reading

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, by Haruki Murakami (audio)

I’ve never read anything by Murakami before. He’s one of those authors that scares me, probably because a long time ago I heard a rumor about some sort of animal brutality in his book Kafka on the Shore. I’m not … Continue reading

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