Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty (Review)

I’m going to keep this short and sweet.

This book wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. I think that’s largely the part of the content: while I definitely think that Yunus has done a lot of awesome things for people living in poverty in rural Bangladesh, and I think that Grameen Bank is a great and necessary achievement … it just felt like this book was a giant poster praising Yunus and acting as an advertisement and political manifesto.

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The Translator (Review)

Sammar’s story is fairly simple, and yet Aboulela manages to create layers of subtle complexity through the way she writes. There are nuances in the relationship between her and Rae that are communicated without any dialogue, but also without much in the way of description.

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Interpreter of Maladies (Review)

When I picked up this book, I didn’t think that I had read it before. About halfway through, though, I realized that most of the stories sounded really familiar, and I soon figured out that this was a re-read. Still not sure when I read it, but it was likely for a university course in my undergrad.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Review)

I’m really starting to get into this series! (And still totally surprised at how much I’m enjoying it, given how hard I tried to avoid it when it was popular.)

The Prisoner of Azkaban was more interesting for me than The Chamber of Secrets was – I think because there was more going on, and more character development and detail.

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