Literature

Stories and Early Novels: Pulp Stories / The Big Sleep / Farewell, My Lovely / The High Window
Stories and Early Novels: Pulp Stories / The Big Sleep / Farewell, My Lovely / The High Window Reviews

Review: I love the language of this book, and the wonderfully vivid description of drunk low-lifes in (1930s?) Los Angeles. The book seems to deal more earnestly with subjects like homosexuality and pornography, which is hardly surprising given the Hayes Code of the time. Read more

Laocoon: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry
Laocoon: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry Reviews

Review: „Der Endzweck der Wissenschaft ist Wahrheit. Der Endzweck der Künste hingegen ist Vergnügen.“

Ein weiteres Buch auf der langen Liste der „Die Uni wollte es so“ – Bücher. Trotz eines Ratings von gerade mal zwei Sternen muss ich sagen ich fand Laokoon an sich nicht wirklich schlecht, ich hab ganz einfach nur nicht alles so richtig verstanden.

Lessings Schreibstil ist recht flüssig und angenehm, ins Besondere für ein Sachbuch und es hat sich recht schnell gelesen, besonders i... Read more

The Master
The Master Reviews

Review: It's pretty audacious to make Henry James the hero of your book. Tóibín starts by showing us this deeply closeted, repressed guy: this is the Henry James we know. But then: he goes deeper, writing him as not just closeted but a coward, a selfish guy, and you're like whoa, hey. And then he goes even deeper and shows the terrible damage he's inflicted on everyone around him through his cowardice and selfishness, and you realize Tóibín hasn't made James the hero of his book; he's made him the villa... Read more

El siglo de las luces
El siglo de las luces Reviews

Review: Read it in Spanish - a fascinating portrayal of life during the chaotic political period that followed the French Revolution, as seen through the eyes of Esteban, whom we first meet as a very young man brought up in Havana Cuba in the 1790's and belonging to a comfortable urban upper middle-class native-born white family (i.e "criollos" in Spanish). His interests in the writings of precursors to the Revolution, plus a variety of circumstances led to his travels first to Europe, then to the islan... Read more

دکتر نون زنش را بیشتر از مصدق دوست دارد
دکتر نون زنش را بیشتر از مصدق دوست دارد Reviews

Review: I read this in a train going to Shahrud. It moved me so much I was almost crying at some points. Such a masterpiece. I wished someone would translate this great work to other languages. Read more

Poema de mio Cid
Poema de mio Cid Reviews

Review: La historia es muy entretenida, la vida de Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, más conocido como el Cid, guerrero español de gran valor que fue la defensa contra los moros.

Es una historia que enseña muchas cosas como el honor, el valor, la caballerosidad, la lealtad a un ideal o concepto que sería el rey de España, que lleva a el Cid a batirse hasta el día de su muerte.

Acompañado además de riñas, amores y desamores es una gran historia que enseña mucho de la vida de aquella Europa medieval. Read more

How to Be Alone
How to Be Alone Reviews

Review: The last time I was in the library, Jonathan Franzen written along a spine caught my eye. Why did I want to read this book? Where had I heard this name? The book looked brand new. However, most of its essays are from the late 90s and early 2000s. The political and social references are fascinating because they are now all in hindsight. Most (if not all) are pre-September 11th. They are all pre-current-economic-meltdown and new President Obama.

The essence of the essays are timeless. From... Read more

Sabbath's Theater
Sabbath's Theater Reviews

Review: I can respect other folks' positive reviews of SABBATH's THEATER. I'm normally a big Roth fan, too---I really got a lot out of AMERICAN PASTORAL, THE HUMAN STAIN, and THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA. SABBATH for me just didn't do the trick, however. Part of my issue with it, I think, is that Roth hasn't really worried about form or plot in ages---his novels unfold now as dramatic monologues, episodic and without any real drive. As a result, there's a distance between the reader and the action that can ... Read more

Recapitulation
Recapitulation Reviews

Review: Just a gorgeous end to “The Big Rock Candy Mountain.” Read more

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