The Readers’ Room by Antoine Laurain | Book Review

“Marcel Proust, Iike all writers of genius, had succeeded – and he more than any other – in this transmutation which is the very essence of literature: a spirit and soul embodied in a rectangle of bound paper, living on after them.” “The Readers’ Room” by Antoine Laurain This little mystery book serves as a […]

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri | Book Review

“π‘Ίπ’π’Žπ’†π’•π’Šπ’Žπ’†π’” π’˜π’† 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒄𝒉 π’‘π’π’˜π’†π’“π’‡π’–π’ π’Šπ’π’π’–π’”π’Šπ’π’π’”, 𝒔𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 π’˜π’† 𝒅𝒐 𝒏𝒐𝒕 π’ˆπ’†π’• 𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒕 π’Šπ’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’…π’‚π’“π’Œπ’π’†π’”π’”.” The Beekeeper of Aleppo is beautifully written, but it should be mainly read for its subject matter. Christy Lefteri portrays the journey of Syrian refugees in a realistic, emphatic, and respectful manner. The Beekeeper of Aleppo tells a story […]

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Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland | Book Review

My stress levels have been skyrocketing over the last weeks and months due to the current situation related to pandemic. For that reason I have been in need of reading something heartwarming, soul-healing, soul-soothing and gentle. And, this little gem of a book, Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland brought me solace, so needed moments […]

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The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel | Book Review

β€œAt night, here in the library, the ghosts have voices. (…) But at night, when the library lamps are lit, the outside world disappears and nothing but the space of books remains in existence. ” – The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel is one of the greatest […]

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid | Book Review

This book offers beautiful writing and delights with a very sharp approach to the question of identity, β€œcultural power”, cultural clash between the West and the East in a context of the dominance of one powerful country such as the United States (US) prior and after the attacks on the World Trade Centre on 11 […]

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Anita Brookner | Introduction

Let me introduce you to one of my favourite writers, Anita Brookner (1928 – 2016)  Anita Brookner was an English novelist and art historian, born into the Polish – Jewish family in North London. She was appointed as Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge in 1967 and was the first woman […]

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London | An Autumn Visit to West Highgate Cemetery

 I hope you are all well and enjoy the autumn if you are based in the Northern hemisphere. A few weeks ago I went to visit West Highgate Cemetery in North London to roam the leafy, ancient avenues of this Victorian cemetery. The cemetery opened in 1839 and there are many well-preserved graves dated back […]

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The Distance by Ivan Vladislavić | Book Review

The Distance by a wonderful South African novelist, Ivan Vladislavic is a magnificent and stunning literary achievement. This is a remarkable, thoughtful read and a real feast for all the bibliophiles. This book is both, global and local; universal and South African – Praetorian; ordinary and surreal; alien and familiar. The ‘distance’ in the book is […]

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Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali | Book Review

‘When we walked side by side, did I not feel his humanity most profoundly? Only now did I begin to understand why it was not always through words that people sought each other out and came to understand each other.’ I was profoundly moved by this gem of a book. In ‘Madonna in a Fur […]

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6 Compelling Autumn Reads

A Start in Life by Anita Brookner (β€ͺ1928 – 2016‬) β€œDr. Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature” is one of the boldest opening sentences I have ever read. The main protagonist, Ruth, turns to books for comfort while navigating through many ambiguities in her daily life such as taking […]

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3 Books Set in the Middle East | Andre Aciman, Elif Shafak and Naguib Mahfouz

‘The Architect’s Apprentice’ by a Turkish writer, Elif Shafak Through a young apprentice, the Indian boy called Jahan, we travel to the 16th century Istanbul during the times of the Ottoman Empire under the reign of three sultans: Suleyman, Salim and Murad. We meet many historical figures including Mimar Sinan, the famed architect of that […]

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Mendel The Bibliophile by Stefan Zweig | Reflections

Below I am sharing with you this quote that I really love about the magic of books, reading and literature. If you have a chance to read a moving short story: ‘Mendel The Bibliophile’ by Stefan Zweig, I would very much encourage you to do so. “Just as an astronomer, alone in an observatory, watches […]

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Amour | How the French Talk about Love by Stefania Rousselle | Book Review

“I am single today, and I have been struggling with my thoughts. And after so many years, I want to know what it is just to be two. United. One. I’ve never had that experience. People say they ‘fall’ in love. That word is so negative. I want to ‘rise’ into love. That’s exactly what […]

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Returning to Reims by Didier Eribon | Book Review

‘Returning to Reims’ by Didier Eribon moved me profoundly. This book is about suffering, pain and shame related to one’s social background. Through showing his personal story of social exclusion, cutting ties with his working class origins, Eribon explores a number of important themes including the history of France over the last 100 years, how […]

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Yes to Life In Spite of Everything by Viktor E. Frankl | Reflections

I thought to share a little post about ‘Yes To Life’ by Dr Viktor Frankl (1905 – 1997) as it might help some of you out there who currently go through personal struggles especially due to the pandemic. You might be familiar with the name of Dr Frankl from his other well-known book: ‘Man’s Search […]

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