Is ‘Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame interesting to read as an adult?

I opened ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame with the expectation of reading an idyllic children’s book. Perhaps I was being a bit too literal in my headspace. ‘The Wind in the Willows’ indeed has more appeal for an adult mind than a child’s, the one that has seen the realities of life.  … Continue reading Is ‘Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame interesting to read as an adult?

Inspirational Quotes from Famous Books #CauseAChatter

An inspirational quote works like a balm when our normal motivation seems to be exhausted. A great inspiring quote is a ray of sunshine on a dull day. So, I wanted to compile a little list of inspirational quotes from books for the ‘bibliotherapy series’ that I write every month. In the earlier posts, I … Continue reading Inspirational Quotes from Famous Books #CauseAChatter

The Bronte Sisters | On their writing and books

Charlotte Bronte wrote in ‘Jane Eyre’, “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” The Bronte sisters had a unique point of view on class and gender. These three sisters shaped their writings based on their life experiences and created one of the most … Continue reading The Bronte Sisters | On their writing and books

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: A Classic with an astounding female protagonist

In 1847, Charlotte Bronte published ‘Jane Eyre’ under the pseudonym of Currer Bell. Clearly, this was not the era of female writers but Bronte sisters brought strong female characters outside the purview of matrimony into the literary scenario. In ‘Jane Eyre’, Bronte told the story of a young spirited girl, her hardships, social isolation, and … Continue reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: A Classic with an astounding female protagonist

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte | Book Review

Reading ‘Agnes Grey’ brought with it the memories of reading ‘Jane Eyre’. And, it is an irony that ‘Agnes Grey’ was written a year before ‘Jane Eyre’; though published around the same time in the year 1847, the latter became a more popular Classic. Perhaps the Cinderella twist in ‘Jane Eyre’, Mr.Rochester riding on a … Continue reading Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte | Book Review

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens | The Classic Christmas time read

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 kept saving ‘A Christmas Carol’ for the perfect Christmas time reading list. ‘It is Dickens’ was another reason to … Continue reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens | The Classic Christmas time read

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: Book Summary

‘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: Book Summary

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: Book Review

What if, one morning you woke up and found yourself turned into a bug? Maybe, in the fantasy world, you would think of acquiring the superpowers of Spiderman, Antman, and the likes. On a tragic note, 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 Review

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: Book Review

‘Heart of Darkness’, the Classic written by Joseph Conrad was published in 1899. Since its publication, ‘Heart of Darkness’ has stood as a mirror to imperial exploitation in Africa. The relevance and authenticity in the narrative stem from the fact that Conrad has drawn to his own experience as a sailor. In 1890, Conrad’s wish … Continue reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: Book Review

The Odyssey by Homer: Book Review

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: Book Review

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald: The Book or the Movie?

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 non-apologetically brings out the snobbery, infidelity and class distinction of the rich class … Continue reading The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald: The Book or the Movie?

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: Book Review

'Wuthering Heights' is the classic written by Emily Bronte that was first published in 1847. We could very well reach the three-hundred-years mark and 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 in this book. Sure, every story cannot be … Continue reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: Book Review

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf: Book Review

'To the Lighthouse' is the novel by Virginia Woolf published in 1927. The book takes you through various streams of consciousness of different characters. 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 captures … Continue reading To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf: Book Review

Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G.Wodehouse: Book Review

'Right Ho, Jeeves' by P.G.Wodehouse was created with 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 through the entire length of the book. The satirical writing on the Edwardian way of living focused on gluttony, match-making and social engagements makes the book … Continue reading Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G.Wodehouse: Book Review

Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes: Book Review

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: Book Review

The Trial by Franz Kafka | Book Summary

'The Trial', written by Franz Kafka was posthumously published in 1925. Kafka never completed this book and felt that it was too “bungled” but after his death, the work was retrieved and published. While reading 'The Trial', it feels as if Kafka had 'Metamorphosis' running parallel in his head. 'Metamorphosis' was published in 1915, and … Continue reading The Trial by Franz Kafka | Book Summary

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce: Book Summary and Analysis

‘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. ‘A Portrait of the Artist … Continue reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce: Book Summary and Analysis

Dubliners by James Joyce: Book Summary

‘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: Book Summary

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger | Book Review

‘The Catcher in the Rye’ written by J.D.Salinger was published in 1951. Since its publication, the book attained the ‘cult status’ as a symbol of teenage rebellion. ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ is such a layered book that one can interpret it in so many ways. There is text and then there is the subtext that will … Continue reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger | Book Review

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy | Book Summary

‘Anna Karenina’ is an enigmatic read. It took me a really long time to “achieve” reading this book, attributing the difficulty to its great length and the intimidation that Tolstoy’s name brings in. ‘Anna Karenina’ is a classic written by Leo Tolstoy that was published in 1877. ‘Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family … Continue reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy | Book Summary