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Book review – Green Island: A Novel

Green Island: A Novel by Shawna Yang Ryan My rating: 5 of 5 stars One of the best books I read recently. Maybe one could label it as the "novel of Taiwan"? I stumbled across it at an airport bookstore... Continue Reading →


Book review – The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond is an American Geographer, who started writing for a broader non-academic audience in the 1990'es. Even if his approach is disputed in some circles, I consider him as a very important and influential writer linking Earths past, present... Continue Reading →

Book review – The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is without any doubt one of the leading contemporary European writers. His first novel The Shadow of the Wind ranks high somewhere on my all time Top 10 list and is simply a masterpiece. That novel was... Continue Reading →

Film review – Life of Pi

While I like watching films and documentaries, I haven't been to a cinema in ages for various reasons. During my trip to Taiwan, friends told me about the film Life of Pi produced and directed by Taiwanese Ang Lee. Some... Continue Reading →

Book review – Taiwan A To Z: The Essential Cultural Guide by Amy C. Liu

I read Amy C. Liu’s book after a four week vacation to Taiwan. Obviously it might have been better to read this book before the trip, but at that point I didn’t know such a book exists. Despite some criticism... Continue Reading →

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