Intriguing Idioms – how the smallest of phrases opens windows into Chinese culture. 中国的成语和文化

Let's not beat around the bush. Understanding idioms is crucial to understanding the mindset of a native speaker. So, a penny for your thoughts?

Revolting peasants; reflecting on Jose Saramago’s “Raised from the Ground”.

This is Portugal's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" without the magical realism. This is a Forsyte Saga for the landless peasants. In a place where the landscape is the only constant, these people, like Saramago's own grandparents, were literally Raised from the Ground.

Book Review – Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (1927)

Part childhood memoir, part revolutionary narrative. A novel about death? Or the death of the Victorian novel?

Jorges Luis Borges and why you should read him.

Last summer I downloaded the Collected Fictions of Jorges Luis Borges, and read most of it either in the campus grounds of the Chinese university that I was studying in at the time (<山师>山东师范大学,济南) or by the banks of the Yellow River (the famous 黄河) in Jinan, Shandong province. I first became interested in South American writing some… Continue reading Jorges Luis Borges and why you should read him.