A Fraction of the Whole

By: Steve Toltz Fiction 2008 Subject Matter: Fathers and sons; Family Rating: 5/5 Yes. Still 5/5. A Fraction of the Whole is one of the books that inspired this blog. I read it when it originally came out and fell… Continue Reading

The Once and Future King

By: T. H. White Fiction 1958 Rating: 3.5/5   The Once and Future King consists largely of a composite of works written by T. H. White in an earlier decade. The second I found that out, this book instantly made more sense… Continue Reading

Invisible Cities

By: Italo Calvino Fiction 1972 Subject matter: Marco Polo; Kublai Khan Rating: 5/5   Invisible Cities is incredible. Just incredible. I had no idea what to expect going into this novel, but what I got was something that rocked my… Continue Reading

Death and the King’s Horseman

By: Wole Soyinka Drama 1975 Subject Matter: Elesin; Nigeria; History Rating: 4/5   Much like my last post about Woza Albert!, there is a lot of social commentary going on in Death and the King’s Horseman. And, again, I’m not… Continue Reading

The Stranger

By: Albert Camus Fiction 1942 Rating: 4/5 The Stranger has a little bit of everything. A little bit of the insanity factor I was talking about in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (and a little bit of philosophy, too).… Continue Reading

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

By: Robert M. Pirsig Sequel: Lila: An Inquiry into Morals Fiction 1974 Rating: 3/5 The first important consideration to realize when reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: this book is a work of philosophical fiction. It’s not supposed… Continue Reading