The White Book by Han Kang: author’s meditation on fragility of life, loss and colour white

Han Kang, The White Book. Translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith Published 2017 by Portobello Books. Originally published in Korean in 2016, 164p   My first contact with Han Kang’s writing was when I read The Vegetarian – a haunting book, exceptionally written. She is an original writer with an unusual, quite bizarre perspective… Continue reading The White Book by Han Kang: author’s meditation on fragility of life, loss and colour white

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers: a father’s notes for living on Planet Earth dedicated to his firstborn son

Oliver Jeffers, Here We Are Published 2017 by HarperCollins, 44p Bringing home from hospital his new born son, Oliver Jeffers realized he should not only give a tour of the apartment to the new member of the family but introduce to him the whole world he was going to step and live into. Thus Here… Continue reading Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers: a father’s notes for living on Planet Earth dedicated to his firstborn son

Michael Morpurgo and Kerry Hyndman illustrate a robin’s journey from Scandinavia to Britain, offering a heartwarming definition of a home

Michael Morpurgo, Coming Home. Illustrated by Kerry Hyndman Published 2016 by David Fickling Book in partnership with Waitrose, 32p   Coming Home is one of those books meant to be read before Christmas when everyone is returning home, celebrating life, family, love. I borrowed the book from the library last year in December but busy… Continue reading Michael Morpurgo and Kerry Hyndman illustrate a robin’s journey from Scandinavia to Britain, offering a heartwarming definition of a home

Wild by Emily Hughes: a delightful picture book about the wilderness in each of us and the determination of passionate souls

Emily Hughes, Wild Published 2013 by Flying Eye Books, 32p   I bought Wild two years ago and since then I have read it tens of times; and every time it is a pleasure to contemplate the magical illustrations and to spend moments thinking of what life really means.  Emily Hughes is just amazing –… Continue reading Wild by Emily Hughes: a delightful picture book about the wilderness in each of us and the determination of passionate souls

Patti Smith: M Train – an elegant, poetic memoir discussing love, loss, art and the small pleasures of life

Patti Smith, M Train Published 2016 by Bloomsbury (first published in 2015), 280p. In limba romana: Trenul M, Editura Polirom   I fell in love with Patti Smith’s writing while reading Just Kids. She’s gifted, profound and beautifully sincere. And it seems we share the love for coffee, Haruki Murakami and detective shows; she will… Continue reading Patti Smith: M Train – an elegant, poetic memoir discussing love, loss, art and the small pleasures of life

Shaun Tan explores depression, imagination and hope in a wonderfully illustrated picture book: The Red Tree

Shaun Tan, The Red Tree Published in Australia and New Zealand by Hachette, 32p (first published 2001)   A couple of weeks ago a friend sent me an email saying that Riverside Theatre had a stage adaptation for The Red Tree by Shaun Tan. I couldn’t go as I had other commitments but I still… Continue reading Shaun Tan explores depression, imagination and hope in a wonderfully illustrated picture book: The Red Tree

Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

Susan Hood, Ada’s Violin. The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport Published 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 40p   I was impressed with this book and with the real story that had inspired Susan Hood to write it. I read it last night to Ema,… Continue reading Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay