Book Review: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Activity in the Phoebus’s gun ports promises another round.
If I don’t keep talking, Jacob realises, I shall crack like a dropped dish.
‘I know what you don’t believe in, Doctor: what do you believe?’
‘Oh, Descartes’ methodology, Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas, the efficacy of Jesuits’ bark… so little is actually worthy of belief or disbelief. Better to strive to co-exist, than seek to disprove…’
Clouds spill over the mountain ridges.

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Book Review: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Started: Guilin, China
Finished: Ferry from Korea to Japan

Fucking hell. Where do I even start? This is a book which followed me through three countries; was my sole source of entertainment on trains, planes, busses, and a ferry; felt as much a part of me as my backpack. It will have a special place in my heart for a long time to come. Continue reading “Book Review: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle”

Book Review: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Milos Forman’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest┬áis a family favourite. Nicholson’s portrayal of a rough-and-tumble McMurphy, introducing his fellow patients to a different world – a freer, happier, more confident world – all the while doing psychological battle with Louise Fletcher’s Nurse Ratched, is perhaps Nicholson’s greatest role to date, and it’s one which has stuck with me. Continue reading “Book Review: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”

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