Conrad takes you aboard, sits you down on the deck, and before your very astonished eyes pulls down the stars from the skies and drops them gently into your lap. Josef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski was born into a Polish noble family in the Ukraine, which at that time was part of the Russian Empire, though […]Read More Dislocated Book Report: The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad
We’re hooked on the Bengali writer Amitav Ghosh. We love the way he seamlessly weaves bizarre (but largely true) history, colourful and enormously engaging characters, exotic countries, elaborate customs and endlessly fascinating linguistics together to create an intricately woven fabric that shimmers and glistens and changes even as your eye takes it in. Once again […]Read More Dislocated Book Report: The Glass Palace
Joseph Conrad once said that every book he wrote cost him a tooth. He was mortally afraid of dentists (and who wouldn’t have been in those pre-anaesthetic days) and prefered to have them simply go bad on the gum and drop out of their own accord. Putting to one side this strangely disturbing lack of […]Read More Hippie Book Report: Joseph Conrad – Chance
Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh, shortlisted for the Man Booker in 2008. The first in the Ibis trilogy (the others River of Smoke, Flood of Fire). A glorious, rollicking yarn in the time-honoured tradition of storytelling, Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies follows a disparate group of characters first individually and then together as they forge […]Read More The Dislocated Book Report: Sea of Poppies
Now Hanoi is just plain showing off, (and nobody is supposed to like a show off), but we L-O-V-E this bold, bitching, stylish, sophisticated city. A dreamy browse through an excellent second-hand bookshop, then a Phô Ga (chicken noodle soup with a Master’s Degree in exotic deliciousness). with chirping songbirds […]Read More Fiery Flamenco, Cool Jazz, Hot Hanoi.
Sick of your lifestyle ? All that Western Affluence feeling more like flatulence ? Does ennui concern you or have you given up caring ? Are first world problems getting you down ? You, my friend, may well need a sea change ? How about buying a second hand bookshop in beautiful Hoi An on […]Read More South China Sea Change ?