The Vagrants

“The Vagrants” by Yiyun Li (China) Review Readers really enjoyed this book finding it very well written and revealing of an exceptional maturity of style. They were moved by the story, describing it as touching, distressing, sad and intense. They liked the setting, both time and place, and could strongly feel the political aspects pervading the everyday lives of the people. They found the different … Continue reading The Vagrants

Broken Glass

“Broken Glass” by Alain Mabanckou (Republic of Congo)  Synopsis The story of ‘Credit Gone Away’, a squalid Congolese bar, is related by one of its most loyal customers, Broken Glass, who has been commissioned by its owner to set down an account of the characters who frequent it… Read more Summer Reading Reviews Members of the Summer Reading Group 2009 reacted both positively and negatively … Continue reading Broken Glass

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers

“A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers” by Xiaolu Guo (China) Review Readers enjoyed the book, with some preferring the first half to the second. They liked the humour and the clever use of language as it evolves from poor to better English during the course of the story. They found the point of view from a Chinese perspective of English and Western society interesting. They … Continue reading A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers