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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (Charlie Bucket, #2)
Can't believe its from the same guy who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Where were the hilarious characters? Wonka and Charlie and Grandpa Jo ...more
Jan 02, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
Rebecca is my mother's favourite book. She found the book in an abandoned wealthy man's house when she didn't have much herself when she was a child, ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
On Trial for My Country
Certainly a worthwhile read. Without trying to be too cliched, this book is very African, even though half of the story is told from what we understan ...more
Aug 02, 2009
Aug 02, 2009
Anna Karenin
Being a leisurely reader, to the point that I am borderline lazy, I was drawn in to the world's greatest novel by what I thought to be the best blurb ...more
Nov 26, 2014
Nov 27, 2014
An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography
I thought about writing to Paul Rusesabagina after I read his book, not exactly sure what to say or what to tell him. I've found out later that he rec ...more
Aug 25, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
The Counterfeiters
This book I couldn't figure out. The feeling I get after reading it was similar to the time I read American Psycho. On the surface, you wonder, what's ...more
Jul 23, 2009
Jul 23, 2009
The Count of Monte Cristo
When you're reading Dumas, you're not reading a story but a universe of stories. At heart, right in the centre, the story is Edmond Dantes, the Count ...more
Dec 31, 2009
Dec 30, 2009
The mother of all dystopias, this is an interesting text to figure out. Zamyatin finished this in 1920 during the time of Stalin. I wasn't sure if it ...more
Aug 24, 2009
Aug 24, 2009
Edensor (Tetralogi Laskar Pelangi, #3)

The book, on its own, is praiseworthy, a masterpiece, and so on and so forth. Edensor has a more international feel than its predecessors which
Dec 10, 2009
Dec 08, 2009
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Considering the unit is about diplomacy, I needed to do a 'diplomatic' reading for this book. But in the end I just read, like Leontius who shouted at ...more
Mar 17, 2010
Mar 14, 2010
Madame Bovary
Flaubert is known for putting plenty of effort into delivering every sentence to perfection, making sure the rhythm and the form are flawless. For som ...more
Dec 08, 2009
Dec 04, 2009
Auschwitz Poems
Harrowing and powerful. I came across this book randomly in my uni library and just had to pick it up because of the title. It is one of the simplest ...more
Oct 10, 2009
Oct 09, 2009
Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family
Epic. Never really a fan of family sagas, but picked the book up anyway because it is Thomas Mann. This guy is an absolute genius. The book, despite i ...more
Sep 2009
Aug 31, 2009
Fathers and Sons (Norton Critical Edition)
Glad I got the critical edition, even though all the essays are thicker than the story itself. Bazarov felt incomplete because of his faulty ideology, ...more
Jan 29, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
Under Milk Wood
Was confusing at first, but once you know what's going on then you'll start to love it. The play was meant to be a radio event, which means that it wa ...more
Oct 10, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
We Killed Mangy-Dog and Other Stories
I found a handful of African Writers series books in a secondhand stall and bought the lot. This is the best of the lot.
Aug 22, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
Franny and Zooey
There's plenty of Catcher in the Rye in this, kind of the same feel, but more mature. Zooey is the prototype of a yuppie Holden Caufield, while all th ...more
Oct 19, 2009
Oct 10, 2009
No Sugar
Living in Southwestern Australia myself (in Perth), this book is close to heart. Aboriginal literature is scarce and underappreciated, so to find gems ...more
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
I don't like comparing books to Catcher in the Rye, but this book reminds me so much of it. Then again, there's a lot of books with a confused young p ...more
Oct 25, 2009
Oct 22, 2009
Hidden Agendas
Hidden Agendas is probably one of the best uncomfortable reads I've come across recently. The book is made up of essays exposing the nature of politic ...more
Jun 27, 2009
May 24, 2009
The Metamorphosis
Kafka is way ahead of his time and strangely enough, seems to be very knowledgeable when it comes to cockroaches. The book itself is amusing, surreal, ...more
Sep 03, 2009
Sep 01, 2009
Over Here, Harv! and other stories
I've got a feeling Bruce Dawe is only one of the few Australians who could use the Australian vernacular to its full advantage. This collection of sho ...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
The Old Regime and the French Revolution
What I got from this book (main points on top of my head):

- French Revolution is overrated
- The guys who spearheaded the revolution didn't have a clue
Jan 12, 2010
Jan 01, 2010
Lila Says
This is a difficult read. I got the book thanks to the movie, which has become one of my favourites, so it would be a good idea to check out the origi ...more
Aug 02, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
A decent book about aboriginal history, but difficult to read at times. What I liked about the book is its reference to the Bulletin and how Australia ...more
Sep 09, 2009
Sep 05, 2009
So the Wind Won't Blow it All Away
Quirky and melancholy. I only got the title halfway through: It is a tribute to the characters who shape our childhood who have gone and will be forgo ...more
Jan 20, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
The Tears of Strangers
This, for me, is the definitive Australian book: Australia, warts and all. Grant's story of Aboriginal abuse is a mere example among many which had to ...more
Sep 07, 2009
Sep 05, 2009
Coming Up for Air
Orwell is always refreshing no matter what he talks about or whatever allegories or dystopias he writes. Highly readable book and gives you a unique i ...more
Nov 04, 2009
Oct 27, 2009
Living To Tell The Tale
Not the most pretentious of memoirs, but it was boring as fuck half the time. The writing is loose and tedious, and I haven't seen this much name-drop ...more
Jan 18, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
Trout Fishing in America
Quirky, surreal, anecdotal and turns your head upside down. Makes you ask yourself, 'Am I trout fishing in rever you might America?' wherever you migh ...more
Aug 21, 2009
Aug 21, 2009
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