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The Dream of the Red Chamber #SixtyBooks #Read16in16

The Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xuequin, translated by David Hawkes Gist Reader’s Digest version of a post-modernist Chinese War and Peace shows beautiful fragments from the larger family epic: wanting more. Reading (and Recommended Reading Lists) The … Continue reading

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Griffin & Sabine #SixtyBooks #Read16in16

The Griffin & Sabine Trilogy Boxed Set: Griffin & Sabine/Sabine’s Notebook/The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock Gist Illustrated postcard correspondence reveals the developing relationship between two strangers, Griffin and Sabine; oceans – and maybe something else – separates them. The … Continue reading

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Things Fall Apart #SixtyBooks #Read16in16

Things Fall Apart (African Trilogy, Book 1) by Chinua Achebe  20 Word Gist Okonkwo distances himself from his father’s laziness, fills his life with yams, wives, and kola nuts: no room for compromise. The Reading The first time I read Things Fall … Continue reading

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier #SixtyBooks #Read16in16

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah 20 Word Gist Bloody civil war in Sierra Leone takes hostages: childhoods. Flashbacks cut through jungle and drug haze; American haven isn’t nightmare-proof. Reading It wasn’t until refugees … Continue reading

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Kaffir Boy #SixtyBooks #Read16in16

Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa by Mark Mathabane 20 Word Gist South African Apartheid: Mathabane escapes inhumane squalor. His mother, grandmother, education, tennis and luck arguably play equal roles in … Continue reading

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