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Read It Before It Becomes A Movie: The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan

It’s a war story. It’s a love story. It’s begging for someone to turn it into a movie. Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North won the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 2014. Since then, there have been rumours of a screen adaptation.

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A Book For Every Occasion: Ambiguous Adventure

For Hari Raya Haji, we’re encouraging Singaporeans to embark on a spiritual journey through Ambiguous Adventure by Cheikh Hamidou Kane. Source: Cheikh Hami-what?

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#Bookreview: Existentialism and Excess: The Life and Times of Jean-Paul Sartre

Existentialism is a philosophy that is relatively modern. Although claims can be made to the origins of existentialist philosophy in the thoughts of ancient philosophers, existentialism as a coherent philosophy, sprang to life from 19th- and 20th-century philosophers such as Soren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche. It is true that there are wide-ranging disagreements among existentialists such […]

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#Bookreview: Six Four

This novel runs for 635 pages but it can take less than two days to read if one does not put it down. Not many who have started will put it down. Superintendent Yoshinobu Mikami is the Press Director at the Administrative Affairs Department of the Prefecture D Regional Police Headquarters. This Prefectural HQ has […]

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#BookReview: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old

What is it like to be old; very old, and living in an old folks’ home? These are questions we would rather not answer; in fact, we often pretend we never hear of them. Why is that so? Many, especially old people, think, old age is bad; it is terrible. All concerned feel, at some […]

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