Book Reviews · Classics

What am I reading this Christmas: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

“Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You’re poor enough.” Every Christmas, I would regret not having read ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens as yet. Yes, one of those books that is always on the Classics TBR but gets skipped for some bestseller. Also, I… Continue reading What am I reading this Christmas: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway is about Santiago, the old man and the three days and three nights that he spends at the sea, all by himself and his marvelous catch – the marlin fish. The ‘Old Man’ from the title is Santiago and Hemingway addresses him this way throughout the… Continue reading The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

What if, one morning you woke up and found yourself turned into a bug? Maybe, in the fantasy world, you would think of acquiring superpowers of Spiderman, Antman and the likes. On a tragic reality front, you would realize the disastrous consequences awaiting your life. The Metamorphosis is a novella written by Franz Kafka that… Continue reading The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Book Reviews · Classics · My Friend Alexa 2019

The Odyssey by Homer: My Read

For the one who has not read ‘Illiad’, ‘The Odyssey’ may set you on course an unchartered territory. ‘The Odyssey’ is the world of ancient Greek mythology where humans, Gods, and monsters cohabit magical islands and kingdoms. At the heart of it, is the chivalry and valour of one man – Ulysses. It is said… Continue reading The Odyssey by Homer: My Read

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The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald: My Read

What saves your day better than a ‘Classic’? And, I went straight to F. Scott Fitzgerald entering the world of ‘The Great Gatsby’. This book was published in 1925 and potently portrays the pursuit of American dreams during the Jazz age. Fitzgerald unapologetically brings out the snobbery, infidelity and class distinction of the rich class… Continue reading The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald: My Read

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: My Read

Wuthering Heights is the cult classic written by Emily Bronte and first published in 1847. We could very well reach the three-hundred-years mark and still, may never find characters like Heathcliff and Catherine in Literature. Though, it is burdensome to read through the ruthless, selfish characters with no traits of redemption. Sure, every story cannot be a fairytale… Continue reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: My Read

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To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf: My Read

To the Lighthouse is the novel by Virginia Woolf published in 1927. The book takes you through various streams of consciousness of different characters. And, indeed the narrative may let you think of ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ by James Joyce published in 1916.  It is the beautiful prose written by Virginia Woolf that… Continue reading To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf: My Read

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Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G.Wodehouse: My Read

Right Ho, Jeeves is the novel by P.G.Wodehouse on the iconic characters of Wooster-Jeeves, published in 1934. P.G.Wodehouse’s classic is a breeze to read and keeps you smiling from ear to ear all through the length of it. The satirical writing on the Edwardian way of living focused on gluttony, match-making and social engagements makes the book so… Continue reading Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G.Wodehouse: My Read

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Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes: My Read

Don Quixote is a Spanish novel by Miguel De Cervantes, published in two parts in 1605 and 1615. The English translation was published in 1612 and 1620. The book that I read is translated by John Ormsby. According to him, ‘This novel, a satire of romantic chivalry, provides a window on 17th century Spain.’ In the introduction, he… Continue reading Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes: My Read

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The Trial by Franz Kafka: My Read

The Trial, written by Franz Kafka was posthumously published in 1925. Kafka never completed his work and felt that it was too “bungled” but post his death, the work was retrieved and published. It feels as if Kafka had Metamorphosis running parallel in his head while drafting The Trial. Metamorphosis was published in 1915, and… Continue reading The Trial by Franz Kafka: My Read

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ is written by James Joyce, and was first published in 1916. It is a difficult book to read. And, definitely, the narrative with long sentences, the one that delves into the deeper consciousness of the protagonist does not seem to help much. However, the book is assumed… Continue reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

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Dubliners by James Joyce

‘Dubliners’ is a compilation of 15 short stories set in Dublin, written by James Joyce and published in 1914. It is, indeed, the work of an extraordinary genius who could write these stories at a young age of 25. Though he could not get it published until he was 33 years old. The stories in… Continue reading Dubliners by James Joyce

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger

‘The Catcher in the Rye’ is written by J.D.Salinger, published in 1951. Since its publication, the book has attained the ‘cult status’, a symbol of teenage rebellion. It is such a layered book; one can interpret the meaning in so many ways – there is text and there is a subtext that will keep playing in… Continue reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina is a classic by Leo Tolstoy, published in 1877. The book runs into great length, but it is indeed worth the journey. This book has one of the most memorable beginnings – ‘Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way’. These lines form the basis for the… Continue reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy