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book review by ruru - vol. 4

Hello there, it’s been a while! I haven’t had much time to read the past few months so finally, here’s the new book review!


1. Vita Brevis: A Letter to St Augustine by Jostein Gaarder / 『フローリアの「告白」』ヨースタイン・ゴルデル ー Norway

The author, Jostein Gaarder found a letter in Buenos Aires, Argentina and based his book off of it. The letter was written by a woman who was a lover of Augustine of Hippo, who was a Christian theologian and philosopher in the 4th century. We don’t know if Gaarder actually found the letter or he made everything up but either way, I thought it was a very romantic and exciting book as a history lover.


2. Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín / 『ブルックリン』コルム・トビーン ー UK

This book was made into the film Brooklyn so some of you might already have watched it. The book was nice and easy to read but I prefer the film because I love the costumes so much. It’s not so different from the film, and it’s a nice read for a holiday/relaxing time.


3. Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf / 『ヴァギナ』ナオミ・ウルフ ー US

Vagina is written by an American feminist and journalist, Naomi Wolf. I knew of her as she’s quite famous among feminists but this was my first book by her. It was really really interesting and informative. The book talks about the vagina from different sides such as the medical side, art side, and cultural/historical side. You can find out the mechanism of the female orgasm. I would recommend this book not only for women but also men.


4. Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote / 『遠い声 遠い部屋』トルーマン・カポーティ ー US

I didn’t like it... sorry! The writing was beautiful but I could not get into it. It reminded me The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, which I also didn’t like.


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English Edited by Kiara

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