Book: Border Town

First book of 2014. Yay! I picked up this book on a whim at the library, firstly because it was short and also written by a Chinese author (Shen Congwen). I thought it would be interesting to read a few more Chinese books this year, just to get a better picture of what Chinese literature … Continue reading

Book: Candide, or Optimism

When one thinks of philosophy, one thinks of how dry and boring it must be. Apparently I was wrong, very wrong indeed. Voltaire is a philosopher that I have come across in a number of other books. I have always wanted to give his works a try but I never expected it to be so … Continue reading

Book: The House in the Sand

The last Neruda book for a while. This is a little different as they aren’t poetry per se, but more of prose poems. It’s full of descriptions of the different things that Neruda has collected in his house at Isla Negara over the years. Absolutely beautiful and poignant. It’s the closest I have ever felt … Continue reading

Book: Winter Garden

Long story short, this probably the least memorable poetry collection by Pablo Neruda that I’ve read so far. Don’t get me wrong, his writing is still beautiful, but the words and poems didn’t jump out at me like before. There were still a few amazing phrases that linger, but as an entire collection I didn’t … Continue reading

Book: The Book of Questions

Tell me, is the rose naked or is that her only dress? Why do trees conceal the splendor of their roots? Who hears the regrets of the thieving automobile? Is there anything in the world sadder than a train standing in the rain? Pablo Neruda’s The Book of Questions consists of 320 questions with no answer. These … Continue reading

Book: The Separate Rose

To Easter Island and the presences I set out, fed up with doorways and streets, to search for something I never lost there. The Separate Rose is a collection of poems by Pablo Neruda on Easter Island. Written in two voices – Men and The Island, it invokes such imagery of the island. It feels … Continue reading

Here’s to 2014

2013 has come and gone. It’s been an amazing year. I finally have a driving license which is incredible, especially on my first try. I put on braces, which has been difficult but I’m looking towards the end goal and not the process. I  was a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding which was both a … Continue reading

Book: Still Another Day

So long, visitor. Good day. My poem happened for you, for nobody, for everyone. Still Another Day is a collection of poems written by Pablo Neurda nearing the end of his life. It was written in the short span of two days and contains various themes present in his earlier work as well. Some of … Continue reading

Book: The sailor who fell from grace with the sea

This book has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while. It’s actually my dad’s and we unearthed it (along with a variety of other books) one day while packing. The title sounded pretty interesting and Yukio Mishima is a reputable Japanese author. On hindsight, I had no idea what I was getting into. … Continue reading

Book: Love

Remember when I mentioned my current infatuation with Pablo Neruda? I’m sorta, kinda, really obsessed with him. And this has translated to borrowing almost every book I’ve been able to find that contain his poetry. Yes, this means that you’ll be seeing a lot of reviews of his books in the coming days and weeks. … Continue reading