BkFt: Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy

Fans of Amitav Ghosh's Ibis Trilogy have been waiting 4 years for the third novel.  Finally, this year, Flood of Fire has been published.  The highly acclaimed trilogy is set in the early 19th century and follows the fates of those who met aboard the ship Ibis during the opium trade between India and China... Continue Reading →


BkFt: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie was published in 1981 and was awarded the Booker and James Tait Memorial Black Prizes of the same year.  Later, the novel went on to win the Booker of Bookers twice.  Midnight's Children is a highly acclaimed novel and a classic in literature.  In an... Continue Reading →

BkFt: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee To Kill A Mockingbird was published in 1960 and despite Lee's expectations it was an immediate success winning the Pulitzer Prize and fans the world over.  It has been translated into more than 40 languages and has sold more than 30 million copies.  Mockingbird has been prescribed reading... Continue Reading →

BkFt: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller Catch-22 was published in 1961 and is regarded as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.  The novel has the most 5 star ratings from readers that I have seen on GoodReads to date which is pretty impressive given that generally readers are at least to some... Continue Reading →

BkFt: Call It Sleep by Henry Roth

    Call It Sleep by Henry Roth Call It Sleep was published in 1934 and was met with critical acclaim.  That it was a great literary work was accepted and he has often been compared to James Joyce.  The problem seemed to be that the public didn't take to it.  The poor sales of... Continue Reading →

BkFt: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

    Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited was published in 1945 and is described as Waugh's great literary masterpiece who has himself referred to the novel in the past as his magnum opus.  Here is the blurb from GoodReads: "The most nostalgic and reflective of Evelyn Waugh's novels, Brideshead Revisited looks back to... Continue Reading →

BkFt: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

    Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy Blood Meridian (or Evening Redness in the West as it is also known) is McCarthy's 5th novel published in 1985 and is praised as one of the 20th century's finest novels.  This western novel is loosely based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in... Continue Reading →

BkFt: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

    The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep was published in 1939 and is the first novel in a crime series featuring detective Philip Marlowe.  Raymond Chandler needs no introduction really.  We know him as having a huge impact on the crime fiction genre and his Philip Marlowe novels are popular still.... Continue Reading →

BkFt: Beloved by Toni Morrison

     Beloved by Toni Morrison Beloved by Toni Morrison, published in 1987, is set after the American Civil War (1861–1865).  The novel is a tribute to all those whose lives were fractured by slavery and the book's  epigraph reads "Sixty Million and more," dedicated to the Africans and their descendants who died as a result... Continue Reading →

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