Desert Island Books

  A brief aside for a moment of reflection. Last night, I went to Sliema, and although life was buzzing, it wasn’t quite the same as a usual summer night. Coronavirus is hitting the peak of a second wave here in Malta. Soon, these bars will be obstacle courses yet again, life will be sapped…

A Review of The Unbearable Lightness of Being

This is a sexy book. There is no better adjective to describe it. The Unbearable Lightness of Being makes you want to do something kinky. In a sense, this is one of the most European novels you’re likely to read. Milan Kundera is a Czech novelist who’s been living in France for the last few…

My Kind of Vegetarian

   You should never read books by title alone. A book should not be judged by its title. I could truly appreciate the poignancy of those platitudes after reading The Vegetarian by Han Kang. I had heard a lot of good things about the book. It had won the 2016 Booker Prize and was quickly…

Benny Hill Terrorism – A Review of The Secret Agent

  “Conrad says the two salient things about a terrorist’s mind, what motivates him, are sloth and vanity. The more I think about it, really, the more telling it is. Vanity makes you want to be famous, sloth means you’re not going to be able to do it out of exertion.” Martin Amis said this…

The List Goes On, But Where Is The Novel?

 Review of Morrissey’s debut novel List of the Lost So we go inside and we gravely read the stones/ All those people all those lives/ Where are they now?/ With the loves and hates/ And passions just like mine/ They were born/ And then they lived and then they died/ Seems so unfair/ And I…