The Remains of the Day (1989)

(Spoiler Alert. Don’t read this if you have not read the book.) Last week, I finished a 1989 novel The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, which I found both captivating and thoughtful. A film adaption, staring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, is also worth watching. The protagonist Stevens is a butler (a servant who manges a big house). From 1930s to 1950s, he works in a mansion in England, serving Lord Darlington, an influential British politician during the 30s....

<span title='2021-04-20 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>April 20, 2021</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;Xing Shi Cai

Flowers for Algernon (1966)

Flowers for Algernon is a classic science-fiction novel by Daniel Keyes published in 1966. I finished reading it last week and was greatly impressed. The story is touching and the characters are likable. But most importantly, many issues raised by the book, such as how we should treat people with mental problems, are still quite important after more than half a century. The main character, Charlie Gordon, is 32 years old with an IQ of only 68....

<span title='2021-04-13 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>April 13, 2021</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;Xing Shi Cai