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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 …

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War and Peace, or the Art of Writing about Life – Check This Off Your NYR

A review of one of the greatest novels ever written. As 2020, otherwise known as the strangest and craziest year in the 21st century (so far…) comes to a close, it’s time to start drawing up your new year’s resolutions. …

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From Conan Doyle to Cortázar: Short Stories to Fulfill a Busy Person

The world is changing. The exponential growth and adoption of technology means that these days nearly every form of entertainment is delivered digitally. When reading a book is just too much of a commitment, here are some intellectually stimulating reads …

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The Brothers Karamazov: The Most “Quotable” Novel Ever

“Above all, do not lie to yourself. A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him, and thus falls

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Middlemarch: a Study of the Best English Novel Ever Written

“..for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden