Homegoing, by Gyaa Gyasi: Making a home for lost voices

"This is the problem of history. We cannot know that which we were not there to see and hear and experience for ourselves. We must rely upon the words of others." These are the words of one of the many characters in Homegoing, and they sound like an invitation, if not an instruction on how … Continue reading Homegoing, by Gyaa Gyasi: Making a home for lost voices

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The Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka: shattering “the single story”

[Version française ci-dessous] The Buddha in the Attic is a novel I picked up from the shelf because its title intrigued me and when I read that it told the story of Japanese immigrants to the United-States in the first part of the XX° century, I bought it without thinking twice. I practice a Japanese buddhism so … Continue reading The Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka: shattering “the single story”

The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri: accidents, immigration and identity

My balcony, my cherries and I just finished reading for the second time Jhumpa Lahiri's first novel, The Namesake. Although this second reading has revealed some flaws in the novel (minor inconsistencies, some events I found difficult to believe in), it has left me the same sweet and melancholy feeling than when I first read … Continue reading The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri: accidents, immigration and identity