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Beyond human nature: the bitter truth of poverty and class differences–book review of The Pearl

Beyond human nature: the bitter truth of poverty and class differences book review of The Pearl               Almost every introduction and book review focus on the nature of the book as a “parable about wealth and the evil it can bring.” As much as the book deals with greed, evilness, the danger of wealth, whatContinue reading “Beyond human nature: the bitter truth of poverty and class differences–book review of The Pearl”

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A deferred dream in a plain play–A Raisin in the Sun

              What happens to a dream deferred? Coming from the famous poem of Langston Hughes, the title of the book sums up the central idea of the play—when a dream is deferred, it not only dries up like a raisin in the sun but is also capable of exploding. Surrounding a three-generation African American household,Continue reading “A deferred dream in a plain play–A Raisin in the Sun”

Angels in America—what a Gay Fantasia reveals about America

Under the current COVID-19 pandemic, the reading of the AIDS epidemic becomes especially thought provoking and resonating. During special times like this while everything around us is changing, readers cannot help but notice the progress and changes that the play is hinting at. In the 1980s, it was the worst of times, but it wasContinue reading “Angels in America—what a Gay Fantasia reveals about America”

The shadow of neocolonialism: how a book with “righteous” purposes can backlash and hurt the journalism subjects and the potential trust between countries –book review of Without You, There Is No Us

The shadow of neocolonialism: how a book with “righteous” purposes can backlash and hurt the journalism subjects and the potential trust between countries –book review of Without You, There Is No Us Under the pandemic when reading has turned into one of my biggest comforts and books continue to act as my sanctuary, I findContinue reading “The shadow of neocolonialism: how a book with “righteous” purposes can backlash and hurt the journalism subjects and the potential trust between countries –book review of Without You, There Is No Us”

Fiction or reality: what a good story tells—The Things They Carried

 “Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.” Book Introduction: The Things TheyContinue reading “Fiction or reality: what a good story tells—The Things They Carried”

Nonviolence, injustice, and change–March

Book introduction: March is a graphic novel that vividly presents a first-hand account of John lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. The inspiration of the book was drawn from the 1958 comic book Martin Luther King that inspired generations. Now, March becomes one of the books to inspire others by telling a greatContinue reading “Nonviolence, injustice, and change–March”

The story behind activism—The Overstory

Book introduction: The Overstory presents a story from the root to the crown, and back to the seed. It is a story, more precisely eight stories of resistance and activism. When people understand the beauty of trees, their fates are forever changed as their embark on a road of activism that challenges the problematic system.Continue reading “The story behind activism—The Overstory”

The many complexities and diversity in one historical fiction—The Sympathizer

“I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am also a man of two minds. I am not some misunderstood mutant from a comic book or a horror movie, although some have treated me as such. I am simply able to see any issue from bothContinue reading “The many complexities and diversity in one historical fiction—The Sympathizer”

A healing story of race and motherhood–The Secret Life of Bees

“Nobody around here had ever seen a lady beekeeper till her. She liked to tell everybody that women made the best beekeepers, ’cause they have a special ability built into them to love creatures that sting. It comes from years of loving children and husbands.” Book introduction The Secret Life of Bees is about theContinue reading “A healing story of race and motherhood–The Secret Life of Bees”

The myth of a wandering soul—Realism or Romanticism? — Signs Preceding the End of the World

book introduction: The book is about the migration journey of Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a macho world. The book explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds as they move from one country to another, especially when they realize that there is no comingContinue reading “The myth of a wandering soul—Realism or Romanticism? — Signs Preceding the End of the World”