The Inconceivability of The Painted Bird

I read The Painted Bird (1965) by Jerzy Kosinski. At first, I was enthralled. I could not put this book down. The story of a six-year-old boy sent to the Polish countryside by his parents during World War II to save him was intriguing. He was reviled and hated by villagers, but he somehow always... Continue Reading →

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Chaos Is Better Than Order

I don’t even know where to begin in describing and reviewing All the Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr. It is a sweeping and gorgeous novel about Germany and France during World War II. In some ways, it is "just" another one of those novels capitalizing on the horror and tragedy of our... Continue Reading →

I Didn’t Like Catch-22

I didn't really like Catch-22 (1961) by Joseph Heller and number 13 on  the BBC book list.  I'm not saying it isn't a likeable book or that you shouldn't read it or that others won't enjoy it, but I did not.  I'm not sure exactly why, because it is funny and well written.  But I... Continue Reading →

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