Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur

The Translator by Daoud Hari is the memoir of a translator for reporters traveling into Darfur. From Darfur himself, and a member of the same people that are being slaughtered in the genocide there, Hari experienced the destruction of his own village. Hari hauntingly describes the way people are being slaughtered simply because of who they are. Being educated and speaking three languages, Hari decided to become a translator and used his skills to help many people spread the story of what continues to happen in our world...the thoughtless slaughtering of innocent human beings. Hari's ultimate plea is to open your heart and do what you can to help, beginning with writing your government officials. Read this book if you're interested in world events, if you enjoy reading memoirs, or if you want to learn more about this horrible atrocity that is taking place right now. I give it a 10 out of 10.

Friday, February 8, 2008


Everlost by Neal Shusterman is a young adult novel about Nick and Allie, two teenagers who have died and found themselves in the mysterious land of Everlost. Everlost exists on the earth where they once lived, but there are strange rules that they must learn and live by. For example, if they stay in one place for too long, gravity will pull them to the center of the earth. Nick and Allie begin an adventure into this unknown world where nothing is quite what it seems. Read this book if you like science fiction, if you're interested in young adult literature, or if you want to go on an interesting adventure with complex characters. I give it a 7.5 out of 10.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is the beautiful story of the life of a Japanese geisha, Sayuri. As the narrator of her own story, Sayuri shares her story as leads to the life of a geisha including all of the hardships, hopes, and happiness that can come along with that life. Sayuri's words are beautiful as she describes how she became a geisha, what it means to be a geisha, and what being a geisha has led her to. What is most surprising about this book is that the author is male and American but that he writes so vividly and accurately through the eyes of a woman in another time and place. In the end, you know Sayuri so well that you are rooting for her so profoundly that you almost wish she could hear your words of advice. Read this book if you want to learn about Japanese culture, if you like books that make you think, or if you love character studies. I give it a 9.5 out of 10.