Kimonos and a life-changing discovery: The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata

Earlier this year I published a list of recommendations of books written by Japanese authors, list suggested by a very knowledgeable friend. At that point I found out about "The Old Capital" by Kawabata, a novel published in 1962. It was one of the books cited by the Nobel Committee in their decision to award Kawabata the 1968 Prize … Continue reading Kimonos and a life-changing discovery: The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata

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When truth is stranger than fiction: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to a new book review on Readers' High Tea! This post is about "The Prague Cemetery" by Umberto Eco, a book recommended to me by a close friend. This was my second read by Umberto Eco, as I previously read "The Name of the Rose" and I enjoyed it a … Continue reading When truth is stranger than fiction: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

A teaching novel about an intellectual rebel: The Spinoza Problem by Irvin D. Yalom

Not long ago I was sharing with you my thoughts about "When Nietzsche Wept" by Irvin D. Yalom. Through a series of fortunate events (you can call it serendipity) I started reading another book written by the same author: "The Spinoza Problem". Oh, how much I enjoyed it and I also started to appreciate "When Nietzsche … Continue reading A teaching novel about an intellectual rebel: The Spinoza Problem by Irvin D. Yalom

Reflecting on one’s own life while preparing a party: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

For a long time I've been interested in reading a book by Virginia Woolf. However, I became more aware of her literary importance after taking the online course "How to read a novel", where her novels were mentioned during discussions about flashbacks / flash-forwards and pace. That's how I found out that she is most … Continue reading Reflecting on one’s own life while preparing a party: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

A teaching novel on psychotherapy: When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom

What approach do you take before reading a book? Do you do a research on the story, or you just start reading the book without any prior information? As I personally prefer the latter option, I started reading "When Nietzsche Wept" without having any idea what it was about ... The enthusiastic recommendation of my friend … Continue reading A teaching novel on psychotherapy: When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom

A coffin and a family journey: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

I first heard about "As I Lay Dying" from Holly from The Nut Free Nerd, whose passionate review convinced me to add it high up on my 2018 reading list. And I don't regret doing so, as it's different than anything I read before! I must confess that reading this book was more challenging than … Continue reading A coffin and a family journey: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Oedipus myth wrapped in surrealism – Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

I start this post by making a confession: reading two books in a row (not part of a series) written by the same author was a first for me. After reading a book, I usually want to try something else, or I already decided what book to read next and I stick to the plan. … Continue reading Oedipus myth wrapped in surrealism – Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami