Geoffrey Fox

Archive - Month: January 2020

Monkey King to the rescue

2020.01.26

Ms. Ming’s Guide to Civilization by Jan Alexander My rating: 4 of 5 stars A fabulous romp about two adventuresses, together seeking to surf the roaring wave of capitalism sweeping through China, New York and other places and leaving broken families, broken hearts and broken villages in its wake. Can Ms. Ming, born in one … read more »

Introspection by reflection

2020.01.24

Summertime by J.M. Coetzee My rating: 4 of 5 stars I recently pulled this book off my shelves, forgetting that I had read and reviewed it on Goodreads 8 years ago. And got engrossed in it again. It is an exercise in mirrored introspection, where the author reimagines a period in his life through the … read more »

What sort of poem? This sort.

2020.01.18

Wer antwortet wem: Gedichte by Horst Bienek My rating: 5 of 5 stars This little book has made a deep impression on me. I picked it up many years ago, well used, in the Strand Bookstore in Manhattan. Why? I had never heard of the author, and only barely read a little German, but the … read more »