Articles by Andrew Saikali

November 28, 2010

Staff Pick: John Fowles’ The Tree 0

He takes to task the Victorian obsession with categorizing, with trying to tame the wild, and makes a case for experiencing nature, for “green chaos.”

November 17, 2010

Nuit Blanche Toronto: Finding Inspiration After the Sun Goes Down 0

My feelings have swung from amazement to irritation and back again. I’ve been bemused and bored. I’ve been caught up in curious crowds, and I’ve loathed the drunken hordes.

April 28, 2010

The Novella is Alive and Well and Living in Canada 8

While writers have never stopped writing short forms of fiction, Quattro is to be commended for giving this literary form some formal shape and focus.

April 22, 2010

Home Away from Home: Philip Graham’s The Moon, Come to Earth 1

A recurring theme in Graham’s book is “Saudade,” a complex emotion “that combines sorrow, longing and regret, laced perhaps with a little mournful pleasure.”

February 27, 2010

Father, Son, and Silver Screen: David Gilmour’s The Film Club 1

With a novelist’s attention to detail and a film buff’s ear for dialogue, this is a gripping tale of a father and son.

February 16, 2010

Linked by Words: Uncovering a Piece of Family History 1

In these hand-written excerpts and notes, tracking his reading habits in those last few years, I’ve been given a sudden and surprising connection to my past.

January 27, 2010

Mythbusting: An Inside Look at the Last Days of the Moveable Feast 3

Morley Callaghan’s That Summer In Paris, written in 1962, reveals Hemingway’s and Fitzgerald’s true nature, and offers an insider’s view of the events in Paris, in the summer of 1929.

October 26, 2009

Returning to Ilium: Unlatching the Vonnegut Vault 2

Two-and-a-half years after Vonnegut’s death, Look at the Birdie offers an opportunity to be in the presence of his wit – whether a friendly wink or some darker satire.

October 14, 2009

Staff Pick: Graham Greene’s The Captain and the Enemy 0

Truth and lies, family and belonging are all woven together the Graham Greene way.

August 26, 2009

A Life Laid Bare 5

Epic in scope, William Boyd’s Any Human Heart is intimate to the core.