Book Reviews

A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam

A Passage North is an exquisite novel from Sri Lankan Tamil novelist Anuk Arudpragasam. The novel recounts the complex thoughts of Krishan as he travels from Colombo to a village in northern Sri Lanka to attend the funeral of Rani, his grandmother’s former caretaker.

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Almond by Won-Pyung Sohn

Almond is a debut novel by South Korean novelist Won-Pyung Sohn. Set in contemporary time in Seoul, it is a coming of age story of Yunjae who was born with Alexithymia, a brain condition which makes him difficult to identify and express emotions.

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State of Emergency by Jeremy Tiang

In his debut novel State of Emergency, Jeremy Tiang offers a slice of Singapore’s history that is less discussed by people. This historical fiction delves into the tempestuous time of leftist movements and political detentions in Singapore and Malaysia.

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The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje tells the stories of four characters: the eponymous protagonist, a Canadian nurse, a Sikh British Army sapper, and a Canadian thief. The novel sets primarily in a small villa near Florence, Italy during the Italian Campaign of World War II.

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Essence by Ye Wint Thu

Essence isa Burmese novel by Ye Wint Thu is story of a guy in his late twenties and his emerging adulthood. Weaving through his own thoughts and the conversations with his two close friends, it tells a very common contemporary adult life but with a dash of supernatural elements.

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The Garden of Words by Makoto Shinkai

The Garden of Words is a novelisation of a 2013 animated film of the same name written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. Translated to English by Taylor Engel, it is a story of two lonely souls finding comfort in the company of one another after running into in a garden on a rainy day.

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