Books & Reviews

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Chronicle of Egypt's revolution

2012-02-26 IT WAS on the 15th day of the Egyptian revolution that I first encountered Ahdaf Soueif in Tahrir Square. She wore big round sunglasses that swallowed her face, and a dark scarf covered her head and fell over her shoulders. It would have been easy...

Rowling to write novel for grown-ups

2012-02-26 ADULT fans of J K Rowling can rejoice: She has a new novel coming, for grown-ups. The kids will have to wait and see. The author of the mega-selling Harry Potter series has an agreement with Little, Brown in the United States and Britain to...

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Hong Ying's new book reveals her childhood

2012-02-19 ARGUABLY one of China's most international writers, Hong Ying (pic) published her third novel based on her life, The Little Girl, at the end of last year, after 1997's Daughter of the River and its 2009 sequel Good Children of the Flowers.Resembling...

Are books, internet about to merge?

2012-02-19 IT'S easy to forget that the world wide web as we know it today evolved from an early attempt to put books on the internet. When Tim Berners-Lee envisaged what would become the world wide web, it was with the idea of making academic papers and other...

Sunday, 12 February 2012

A biography with the First Lady at its heart

2012-02-12 IN HER acknowledgments to The Obamas, her account of the first couple's first three years in the White House, journalist Jodi Kantor thanks her New York Times editor for "a four-year conversation about ambition, power, gender and public life...

A who's who of Hong Kong

2012-02-12 HONG Kong has for many years been short of a reference work about the men and women who have shaped the cosmopolitan city.Since 2004, a project involving about 90 contributors academics, journalists and other experts has finally produced...

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Shedding light on kitchen culture behind bars

2012-02-05 THESE women may not have an oven, refrigerator, stove, knife, or even the ability to boil water, but they do have plenty of time on their hands. Decades, in fact. And that, combined with a few (admittedly peculiar) ingredients and a desire to...

The rise of new hate

2012-02-05 EXTREMIST political conspiracies such as "birthers" and "truthers" may be a dominant theme of post-9/11 America, but in a new book by Arthur Goldwag, he argues that modern conservative groups may be a product of history repeating itself.!In...

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Dark doings in the Amazon

2012-01-29 ANN Patchett's seventh novel, State of Wonder made a big splash upon publication, with many critics comparing it to Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. This is nonsense. Comparing Kurtz, the cruel conqueror of an African tribe in the heart of the...

Economic challenges and answers

2012-01-29 HAVE we truly achieved economic diversification for our beloved country? A book entitled Brunei Darussalam Challenges for Economic Diversification written by Pg Dr Hj Mohd Yakub Pg Hj Othman is one such book that makes an attempt to answer...

Sunday, 22 January 2012

'Thinking Small' tells big story of Volkswagen Beetle

2012-01-22 THE Volkswagen Beetle has a unique and colorful history, with principal characters that include the Nazi dictator who personified evil, the legendary designer of Germany's most celebrated race cars and the Jewish advertising executive who pioneered...

iBooks 2 will 'reinvent textbooks'

2012-01-22 APPLE has unveiled a glimpse of the classroom of the future, launching a new version of its iBooks software that will allow publishers to create interactive textbooks for iPad-owning students.The new textbooks offer a host of functions which experts...

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Comedian Bill Cosby muses on life in latest book

2012-01-15 MEDIA icon Bill Cosby at 74 still looms larger than life over the American psyche. Emerging from a Philadelphia housing project, ultimately success followed success as a comedian, actor, producer, author, educator, musician and activist.Breaking US...

New Chinese writing: One for ages

2012-01-15 THIS is a collector's item. And not just because of its obvious historical importance. The first edition of Pathlight: New Chinese Writing magazine is a metaphor of the cooperation between Chinese and Western agencies in this case, the influential...

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Mind the elephants' feet

2012-01-08 THE rapid rise in Chinese power in East Asia is causing a re-examination of traditional attitudes and policies in the region. Thant Myint-U examines with an historian's eye the relations among India and China and the land in-between.That the...

The other side of Michelle Obama

2012-01-08 FIRST lady Michelle Obama is a behind-the-scenes force in the White House whose opinions on policy and politics drew her into conflict with presidential advisers and who bristled at some of the demands and constraints of life as the president's wife...

Sunday, 25 December 2011

In her grandfather's footsteps

2011-12-25 CHINESE-AMERICAN writer Yan Geling has written about various women with dramatic stories. Now, she has switched her subject matter to a man for Inmate Lu Yanshi. In her latest novel, Yan narrates the ups and downs of protagonist Lu Yanshi's life...

Soldier echoes Arabian Nights with Iraq novel

2011-12-25 ON Benjamin Buchholz's second day in Iraq as a US army officer, a young Iraqi girl was struck and killed by a military convoy while trying to catch a bottle of water thrown to children by the roadside as a gift.!The tragedy and its aftermath...

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Philby hailed as 'great spy' in Russia

2011-12-18 NOTORIOUS British double agent Kim Philby may be regarded as a traitor in his home country but 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union he remains a hero in Russia for divulging Western secrets.A Russian publisher has unveiled a major new...

New chapter in Asia's English writing

2011-12-18 ONE of the reasons why the otherwise peripatetic Xu Xi (pic) has been living mostly in Hong Kong for the last two years is her commitment to facilitating the rise of new writing from Asia.She helped design Asia's first low-residency master's in fine...

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