Book Review: “Seeing”

I finished José Saramago’s Seeing yesterday. This novel, which was published in Portuguese in 2004 but released in an English translation this year, is the follow-up to Blindness, which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. The events in Seeing occur four years following the epidemic of blindness that swept the population of the unidentified… Continue reading Book Review: “Seeing”

Book Review: “Blindness”

I started reading José Saramago’s Blindness around 9:00 p.m. on Friday and finished it about an hour ago (it’s Sunday, about 3:30 p.m.). 326 pages in less than 48 hours. That’s not exactly a speed-reading record, but it should be taken as an indication of the mesmerizing quality of this novel about what happens when… Continue reading Book Review: “Blindness”

Book Review: “Plainsong”

One of the biggest surprises last Christmas actually arrived a few days afterward, when an unexpected A-to-Z logo’d box arrived in my mailbox, small and mysterious and completely without context. Surely I’d remember if I had ordered something from Amazon…? Inside was a slim volume accompanied by a gift receipt. The volume was Plainsong by… Continue reading Book Review: “Plainsong”

Book Review: “A Reader’s Manifesto”

The subtitle to B.R. Myers’s A Reader’s Manifesto is An Attack on the Growing Pretentiousness in American Literary Prose. This slim (89 pages) volume is indeed an attack, and it apparently struck its intended targets. After one lukewarm attempt at self-publishing the original manuscript under the title of Gorgons in the Pool, it was picked… Continue reading Book Review: “A Reader’s Manifesto”

Book Review: “The Devil’s Highway”

In May, 2001 25 men and one boy set out across the Sonoran Desert, determined to cross into southern Arizona, between Yuma and Nogales, from their native Mexico. Crossing into the US was easy; finding their way to civilization was deadly. Fourteen of them perished in the attempt. Luis Alberto Urrea reconstructs the details of… Continue reading Book Review: “The Devil’s Highway”

Consuming Treeware

Do you find that you’re reading less nowadays? I know I don’t read like I once did; I do less serious reading than I used to. I read constantly but it’s bits and pieces: technical documentation; web-based articles and news items, mostly related to my work; headlines on WSJ.com and CNNSI.com; and, more often, blogs… Continue reading Consuming Treeware