Review: The Longest Year

The Longest Year by Daniel Grenier My rating: 2 of 5 stars It is not to be said I give up on a book. Yet there were many times I was sorely tempted to do just that with this finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for French Fiction, by Daniel Grenier. Perhaps that lack is due to the translation. The story Grenier tells is a Methuselah tale, and one which doesn’t bring much new…

Review: The Assassin’s Song, by M.G. Vassanji

The Assassin’s Song by M.G. Vassanji My rating: 3 of 5 stars The Assassin’s Song, by M.G. Vassanji comes with an impressive list of literary accolades, having been shortlisted for the Giller and the GG. Yet, for my part, there is a definite lack of simpatico or connection with Vassanji’s tale. The novel is set in India from Partition to the devastating religious violence of the early 21st century, following the timeless theme of father/son…