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“The Discreet Hero” by Mario Vargas Llosa

In 2010 the Peruvian writer, Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Despite the laureates, this novel is quite  straightforward and even at times has elements of a telenovella. Our discreet hero is Felícito Yanaque, a man who wakes … Continue reading

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“The Museum of Innocence” by Orhan Pamuk

“…so many languages describe the condition I was in as “heartbreak”, let the broken porcelain heart I display here suffice to convey my plight at that moment to all who visit the museum.” Kemal our narrator is a man from a wealthy … Continue reading

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“Strange Pilgrims ” by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

The third book I’ve read by Gabriel García Márquez, this month. It is not that I am a massive fan, but because his works are  the only contemporary fiction I can find in the local library in English. The local library does have … Continue reading

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“One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez (English Translation by Gregory Rabassa)

This book had been on my want to read list for at least a decade, probably longer but not quite 100 years. I had heard it was a difficult read. My difficulty with it came from the cover, as I … Continue reading

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“Dance of the Happy Shades” by Alice Munro

Alice Munro is the first Canadian Laureate for Literature, awarded in 2013 for her mastery of the short story. This is her first collection of stories, originally published in 1968. There are 15 short stories, some I liked more than … Continue reading

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“Midaq Valley” by Naguib Mafhouz

Another book, another Nobel Prize winner, I am not intentionally looking out for Nobel laureates to read, they just seem to be coming my way first Mikhail Sholokov (1965) then Toni Morrison (1993) and now Naguib Mahfouz (1988), next Alice … Continue reading

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“Love” by Toni Morrison

The sticker on the cover of my copy “Buy 1 get 1 1/2 Price” is rather inappropriate as the book touches on slavery, prostitution and child sexual abuse, and we see on the cover two young African-American girls. Having recently … Continue reading

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