A Short History of Myth, by Karen Armstrong: a spiritual history of humanity

I am very grateful to Canongate Books for sending me a collection of six books to read and review. Each of these books is a contemporary retelling of a classic myth, by a generally renowned when not rewarded writer. I am very excited to dive into this collection and the first on the list, A … Continue reading A Short History of Myth, by Karen Armstrong: a spiritual history of humanity

Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee: a family’s story enmeshed in a history of war and racism

The word "Pachinko", in Korean, designates a sort of pinball machine or slot machine and it is hardly incidental if Min Jin Lee chose this word for the title of her 2017 novel. Pachinko is a story in which money, or lack of, occupies a central place; it is also a story about choices: characters defying Fate with bold … Continue reading Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee: a family’s story enmeshed in a history of war and racism

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”