Book: Cloud Atlas

First, may I begin by apologizing for my long absence. I was in between jobs and didn’t really have the time to read or watch much (anime that is). Instead I was introduced to the Tom Hiddleston fandom and was slightly distracted for a long period of time. I’ve gotten over him and from the … Continue reading

Book: Innocent Erendira and Other Stories

I was highly impressed by this particular Nobel Laureate. His previous work I had read – No one writes to the Colonel, really struck a chord with me. However this particular foray into this piece fell a little short. Firstly it’s a compilation of a number of his short stories. The very first is a … Continue reading

Manga: White Devil – The Life and Legend of Hudson Taylor

Hudson Taylor is quite the legend in Christianity missionary circles. He was the one credited with opening up China and helping the spread of the gospel there. I guess, in some sense I “owe” my faith to him. My grandparents were from China, and in fact my grandfather was adopted into a Chinese Christian missionary … Continue reading

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

Anime: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

I’m not sure what it says of me when the first anime I watch for the new year is Free! Don’t get me wrong, I love sports anime and have watched some really interesting series. I’ve enjoyed my fair share of Prince of Tennis and Eyeshield 21, not forgetting some of the more mature and … Continue reading