Category Archives: Books/Manga

‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog’ – Muriel Barbery

A rather complex read, I opted to borrow this novel from my local library after finding myself thoroughly intrigued having watched a trailer of its French feature movie (will now endeavor to get a copy of the movie).

Despite its literary complexity, the author (and translator) has truly done a wonderful job. Simple things that we perceive in life, and things that we barely give a second’s thought, are elaborately philosophized¬† throughout this novel. I won’t go into the details, as frankly, I had a bit of difficulty understanding some parts, but was nevertheless able to grasp the concept. Perhaps in a few years time, I will have matured enough (and further developed my comprehension skills) to fully understand this brilliantly written novel.

It has been described as ‘the publishing phenomenon of the decade’ – Le Figaro. That alone should persuade you to read this novel. If not, you can find an indepth review of the book here.

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‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ – A.C. Doyle

I’ve always been intrigued by the numerous references to this infamous character but my interest piqued after watching the feature movie ‘Sherlock Holmes’ (2009) directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Though there has been a length of time since watching that movie, I have nevertheless begun reading my first novel about Sherlock Holmes, and it is indeed not a let down.

Just a brief bio:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, born in 1859, was a Scottish physician and writer. Sherlock Holmes first featured in ‘A Study in Scarlet’ around 1887 which appeared in ‘Beeton’s Chrsitmas Annual’ (an English magazine). He has since written a total of 56 short stories and 4 novels.

~wind.