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Jansson, Tove

The Invisible Child and The Fir Tree – Tove Jansson

I first discovered Moomin when I moved to the UK. For some reason Moomin never made its way to South East Asia, or even Australia, though it seems to be big in Japan. I immediately found the hipo-like creatures to be adorable, and went to buy some merchandise – mug, soft toy, postcards, shirt, notebook, […]

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Akutagawa, Ryūnosuke

Hell Screen and Rashomon – Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

  A tiny book that packs a punch! This is my first time reading Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, as it was selected for my GR book club. The Penguin grey copy above is actually out of print now, so I almost gave up getting a copy. But I later found the Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories  – […]

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Kipling, Rudyard

The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book is a collection of short stories by Nobel Prize in Literature winner Rudyard Kipling. A lot of us probably know The Jungle Book from the Disney cartoon — I did. I remember my dad telling me that The Jungle Book is his favorite Disney movie. And talking about movie, there’s a good […]

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Jackson, Shirley

The Lottery and Other Stories – Shirley Jackson

I read The Lottery short story a few years ago and found it to be one of the most memorable short story I’ve ever read. If you have not, go read it NOW. You only get the greatest impact however if you go in without knowing anything about it, as I did. So if you’ve […]

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Chang, Eileen

Lust, Caution – Eileen Chang

I watched Lust, Caution the movie at the end of 2013. It was so good that shortly afterwards I was rushing to buy and read the short story it is based on. The story is more compact than the movie — Ang Lee took the liberty to add a few details, but the story is […]

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Saunders, George

Tenth of December – George Saunders

Tenth of December and George Saunders seem to be highly acclaimed everywhere. I had not heard of George Saunders until the appearance of Tenth of December (which felt like it was just published, but apparently it was first published 2 years ago in 2013), but upon reading it I found out that he had enjoyed […]

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Borges, Jorge Luis Vesaas, Tarjei

Fictions — Borges / The Ice Palace — Vesaas

Fictions / Ficciones — Jorge Luis Borges Last year, I read two short stories by Borges (The Garden of Forking Paths and Emma Zunz), and this time I plunged into his full short story collection: Fictions (Ficciones), while finishing up Coursera’s The Fiction of Relationship course that I started last year. (I have one more […]

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Borges, Jorge Luis Cervantes, Miguel de Davis, Rob Faulkner, William Flaubert, Gustave Hawthorne, Nathaniel Hemingway, Ernest Kafka, Franz Lewis, C. S. Moore, Alan Niffenegger, Audrey O'Connor, Flannery Poe, Edgar Allan Shelley, Mary Updike, John Wells, H. G. Woolf, Virginia

Mee’s Summer Reading 2013

Since I am way way way behind in blogging about books read and all bookish things that happened in the past 3 month, I’m just going to write about them in one giant post. And I just realized those 3 months were summer (coincidence?), so I can call them summer reading! Books Read Frankenstein — […]

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Melville, Herman

Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville

If there’s a classic that I do not wish to read ever, it is Moby Dick. I’m never interested in anything nautical, any story set in a boat does not grab me (Life of Pi is an exception), and Melville pretty much scared me. So with much reservation, I picked up Bartleby the Scrivener (1853), […]

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Mori, Ōgai

Mori Ōgai and Gyogenki

When I saw The Classics Circuit was having a tour on Meiji-Era Japanese Classics, I was intrigued. However apart from Natsume Sōseki and Ryunosuke Akutagawa, I had a big WHO? moment. I had not heard the rest of the people on the list. One name did ring a bell, and I checked the books I […]