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Life and Fate: the 20th Century War & Peace

Why do people have memories? It would be easier to die – anything to stop remembering. How could he have taken that moment of drunken folly for the deepest truth of his life? Why had he finally given in after

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Reading the Victorians: Wives and Daughters

Despite my love of classic novels, I have barely read any English novels from the Victorian era so I have decided to remedy this by reading one or two Victorian novels a year (hopefully this post will be the first …

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Meditations on (Post) Modernism : White Noise by Don DeLillo

This is one of the most unexpectedly enjoyable books I’ve read in the past 5 years or so. It’s just so entertaining and wonderful in its subtle humor and satire. It’s not in your face but will make you laugh …

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Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann, or “Damn, a 25-year old wrote this?!”

As I reach my 27th year, I am reminded that I am 2 years too late to write my first masterpiece. After all, Thomas Mann wrote his first novel Buddenbrooks when he was just 25.

First off, reading this book …

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Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

I don’t typically read new releases, but the past few years seem to have been very good years in terms of the quality of books released so I will hopefully be going through a lot of them in the next …

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Meditations on Modernism: To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

This is the first in what I hope to be a series of posts regarding my thoughts on works categorized in the modernism and post-modernism genres.

My fascination with The Bloomsbury Group goes way back over a decade when I …

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Book Review: The Red and the Black by Stendhal

Le Rouge et le Noir by Stendhal (real name Marie-Henri Beyle) is a fascinating criticism of society during Restoration-era France presented through the lens of an ambitious anti-hero.

Also, because I actually managed to write down a short summary while …

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Book Review – Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol is funny, kind of weird but still deep. Published in 1842, it has the distinct honor of holding the title of “The First Russian Novel”. For a country so well-known for its novels, I was …

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The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov

The Foundation Pit is probably Andrei Platonov’s most popular work. However this isn’t saying much because he seems to be an under-appreciated writer in the English-speaking world. In the beginning of 2021 I had just read Life and Fate by …

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The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A great novel for readers new to Dostoyevsky

Check out my reviews on other Dostoyevsky novels.

I read this book in the beginning of 2021, and was surprised at how quickly I read it. I’m still not really sure what …