Tag: philosophy

14. ‘Stories of Your Life and Others’ by Ted Chiang

When I read a short story collection, I take notes about every story, and if I really like a story I’ll put a ★ next to it. Ted Chiang’s Stories of Your Life and Others is the first collection where …

Two small lives

Today I am reviewing two short books. The first is Robert Seethaler’s A Whole Life, a quiet, mid-century novel about a man living in an Austrian mountain village. The second, A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees, is …

43. ‘Labyrinths’ by Jorge Luis Borges

I first read a Borges short story when I was at university. I loved it, bought his collection Labyrinths, and then left it sitting on my shelf for years. At last I’ve read it, and his writing is every bit …

22. ‘The Invisible Papers’ by Agostino Scafidi

The Invisible Papers isn’t quite like anything I’ve ever read before. There’s no plot as such, no characters as such, but it still claims to be a novel. One that, according to its Goodreads page, will “inspire in …

45. ‘Final Exam’ by Julio Cortázar

The Book: [CONTAINS SPOILERS] For a significant part of this book, I didn’t really know what was going on, and that’s the way I like it. I love writers who evoke rather than describe, writers who aren’t afraid …