Category Archives: Review

Personal Story

Review of Marie Howe’s Magdalene (New York: W. W. Norton, 2017) by Cyril Wong     Confessional poetry or self-revelatory verse that draws from the private or the autobiographical usually gets vilified for being exactly that: the personal-made-public. Reasons for

Personal Story

Review of Marie Howe’s Magdalene (New York: W. W. Norton, 2017) by Cyril Wong     Confessional poetry or self-revelatory verse that draws from the private or the autobiographical usually gets vilified for being exactly that: the personal-made-public. Reasons for

Nothing Little About “A Little Life”

Review of Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life (USA: Doubleday, 2015) By Kevin Tan Kwan Wei Hanya Yanagihara’s sophomore novel A Little Life contemplates the debilitating effects of physical and emotional trauma. Written in 18 months, the novel became an award-winning

Nothing Little About “A Little Life”

Review of Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life (USA: Doubleday, 2015) By Kevin Tan Kwan Wei Hanya Yanagihara’s sophomore novel A Little Life contemplates the debilitating effects of physical and emotional trauma. Written in 18 months, the novel became an award-winning

Rubik’s Cube

Review of The Adopted: Stories from Angkor by HENG Siok Tian, PHAN Ming Yen, YEOW Kai Chai, and YONG Shu Hoong (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2015) by Stewart Dorward   HENG Siok Tian, PHAN Ming Yen, YEOW Kai Chai, and YONG

Rubik’s Cube

Review of The Adopted: Stories from Angkor by HENG Siok Tian, PHAN Ming Yen, YEOW Kai Chai, and YONG Shu Hoong (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2015) by Stewart Dorward   HENG Siok Tian, PHAN Ming Yen, YEOW Kai Chai, and YONG

Stepchild of the Sublime

Review of Louise Glück’s Faithful and Virtuous Night (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014) by Cyril Wong At the heart of every book of poems by Louise Glück, there is a journey-arc of thought and philosophical exploration; a building

Stepchild of the Sublime

Review of Louise Glück’s Faithful and Virtuous Night (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014) by Cyril Wong At the heart of every book of poems by Louise Glück, there is a journey-arc of thought and philosophical exploration; a building

Alternative Facts

Review of The Sellout by Paul Beatty (USA: Picador, 2016) by Angus Whitehead   I was initially cynical of the deluge of praise for Paul Beatty’s Booker Prize-winning novel. NPR.org, for instance, described The Sellout as possibly “the first truly

Alternative Facts

Review of The Sellout by Paul Beatty (USA: Picador, 2016) by Angus Whitehead   I was initially cynical of the deluge of praise for Paul Beatty’s Booker Prize-winning novel. NPR.org, for instance, described The Sellout as possibly “the first truly

Cut Lotus Root

Review of Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan by Wena Poon (CreateSpace, 2016) by Eric Norris Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan is a compellingly and compulsively readable family saga that spans the long and terrible 20th century:

Cut Lotus Root

Review of Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan by Wena Poon (CreateSpace, 2016) by Eric Norris Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan is a compellingly and compulsively readable family saga that spans the long and terrible 20th century:

“If you go deep enough…”

Review of Philip Holden’s Heaven Has Eyes (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2016) by Stewart Dorward   Heaven Has Eyes is a first work of fiction by Philip Holden, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National

“If you go deep enough…”

Review of Philip Holden’s Heaven Has Eyes (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2016) by Stewart Dorward   Heaven Has Eyes is a first work of fiction by Philip Holden, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National