What I Read – January 2023

Read: The Marriage Portrait - Maggie O'Farrell (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2022) The End of the Affair - Graham Greene (Heinemann, 1966) The Pull of the Stars - Emma Donoghue (Harper Avenue, 2020) Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owen (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2018) Classic Crime Short Stories (Canongate Books, 2007) The Three Lives of… Continue reading What I Read – January 2023

(Audio) Book Review: Classic Crime Short Stories

This was an excellent collection of 10 short crime stories. There were mostly names I recognized, such as Ruth Rendell and Grahame Greene and G.K. Chesterton and others that I probably would recognize if I read more mysteries. I'm not sure that audio is the right format for me when it comes to short stories… Continue reading (Audio) Book Review: Classic Crime Short Stories

Book Review: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

The End of the Affair - Graham Greene (Heinemann, 1966) Maurice Bendrix's affair with Sarah Miles has been over for a couple of years when he unexpectedly runs into her husband, Henry, one evening. Bendrix reluctantly agrees to have a drink with Henry, only to find all his love and hate of Sarah reignited when… Continue reading Book Review: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

Book Review: The Human Factor by Graham Greene

The Human Factor - Graham Greene (Penguin Books, 1985) Maurice Castle lives a quiet life. Although he works for the English Secret Service, excitement is behind him and he now performs at a somewhat dull office job. All he wants is to live peacefully with his wife Sarah and their son and look forward to… Continue reading Book Review: The Human Factor by Graham Greene

What I Read: August 2022

Read: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie (William Morrow, 2021) The Human Factor - Graham Greene (Penguin Books, 1985) Liturgy of the Ordinary - Tish Harrison Warren (Intervarsity Press, 2016) The Baron in the Trees - Italo Calvino (translated from the Italian by Archibald Colquhoun) Astra - Cedar Bowers (McClelland & Stewart, 2021)… Continue reading What I Read: August 2022

What I Read – April 2021

Read: Salt Fat Acid Heat - Samin Nosrat (Simon & Schuster, 2017) Shuggie Bain - Douglas Stuart (Grove Press, 2020) My Heart - Semezdin Mehmedinovic (Catapult, 2021) (translated from the Bosnian by Celia Hawkesworth) The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (Longman, 1992) The Dogs Are Eating Them Now - Graeme Smith (Alfred A. Knopf… Continue reading What I Read – April 2021

Book Review: The Quiet American by Graham Greene

The Quiet American - Graham Greene (The Viking Press, 1967) This is not Graham Greene's best work but even subpar writing from Graham Greene will have something worthwhile to it. The narrator of this novel is Fowler, a British journalist, stationed in Vietnam. The Quiet American was first published in 1955 so this isn't the… Continue reading Book Review: The Quiet American by Graham Greene

What I Read – January 2018

For although a man is judged by his actions, by what he has said and done, a man judges himself by what he is willing to do, by what he might have said, or might have done - a judgment that is necessarily hampered, not only by scope and limits of his imagination, but by… Continue reading What I Read – January 2018

What I Read – April 2016

*I've added a new page on the blog that lists all the book reviews. Currently, it is alphabetical by author's last name. Let me know if you have thoughts on better/additional ways to organize that. Feel free to check out some of the older reviews, including some books I'd forgotten I'd ever reviewed! Did you… Continue reading What I Read – April 2016

Book Review: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

The convergence of literature and religion is something that has long interested me as a reader, a writer, and a Christian. It's rare that I'm quite satisfied with the way Christianity and the Christian life and walk is portrayed in art (this was one of my primary complaints with such books as Good to a… Continue reading Book Review: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene