Matthew M. Yau

"Voracious reader"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (66 of 79)
Location: San Francisco, CA
Birthday: Nov. 18
In My Own Words:
Bookish but down-to-earth male human being in San Francisco - A voracious reader who usually peruses at least 2-3 books at a time and scribbles a few pages of notes that reflects his thoughts and connections to life. He believes the close reading of any given book at any given time establishes a whimsical connection that evokes certain memories and experiences in life. His interests include histor… Read more

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 352,232 - Total Helpful Votes: 66 of 79
Penguin Classics Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
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Resurrection (1899) is the last of Tolstoy's great novels and unlike the previous War and Peace and Anna Karenina the architectural lines are fairly unique. Whereas in the previous novels attention is continually shifted from one hero to another, in Resurrection Tolstoy follows Dimitri Nekhlydov step by step, drilling to the core of his thoughts, commenting on his actions, analyzing his motives, evincing his engendered acts, and verbalizing the purging of his soul that inexorably manifests into a non-Christian regeneration process. Tolstoy hardly lets Nekhlydov out of sight for an instant: his conscience continually demands of him to atone for his sin. Interwoven with the flow of the story… Read more
Penguin Classics Travels Of Marco Polo by Marco Polo
In 1260, Niccolo Polo, the father of Marco Polo, and his brother Maffeo went across Black Sea in the hope of a profitable brisk of trade. So the brothers from Venice brought many dazzling jewels and set out from Constantinople by ship to Sudak and onward to Barku. A war broke out in Barka's Land forced the brothers to travel the opposite direction from which they had come. After they had crossed the desert, they came to Bukhara (in Persia) and by fortuity met a Tartar (Mongol) envoy on the way back to the Great Khan in Khan-balik (Beijing). On learning that they were merchants from Venice whom had never been seen in the country, the envoy invited the brothers to accompany him to Khan-balik… Read more
Penguin Classics Iliad Translated Rieu by Homer
The movie Troy has revitalized my thirst for The Iliad and the reading of which has long been overdue. I decide to re-read this first work of Western literature in a different literary form: the prose translation by E. V. Rieu, who had first published in 1950 and has since achieved its classic status. Never before had this greatest of ancient Greek poet seemed so vivid, so accessible, approachable, and immediate to the English-speaking readers. This edition in review is a Penguin Classics 1988 revision of Rieu's translation that has timely incorporated the changes in linguistic and cultural idioms. E. V. Rieu's prose translation is as vivid and readable as Professor Richmond Lattimore's… Read more