European Literature

Drina Goes on Tour
Drina Goes on Tour Reviews

Review: The penultimate book of the series and one of the best.

Drina has a baptism of fire with her 1st tour as a member of the company...but it has one good result...friendlier relations with Queenie Rothington than she would have ever thought possible!

Then the best thing ever happens....Grant reappears! 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

La vida del Lazarillo de Tormes
La vida del Lazarillo de Tormes Reviews

Review: This first picaresque "novel"--more of a novella really--is an excellent introduction to the genre and a good book on its own merits. It is also funny (I laughed out loud more than a few times, and I don't do that for anybody but Wodehouse), the atmosphere is realistic and gritty, filled with memorable character portraits (the down-at-heels gentleman who would rather starve than reveal his shameful poverty is a particularly notable--and characteristically Spanish--example), and the overall tone ... Read more

Q
Q Reviews

Review: Q, ossia “Qoèlet”, ignota spia del cardinale Carafa che provoca una dietro l’altra, attraverso sotterfugi e tradimenti, tutte le sconfitte del nostro appassionato riformatore religioso, fino alla resa dei conti finale...

...Difficile separarsi dalle pagine, percorse da intrighi, eresie, processi, battaglie, discussioni teologiche e conflitti ideologici....Tensioni tra poteri e alternative politiche, sociali, morali.

Un romanzo storico che ripercorre avvenimenti che hanno cambiato l... 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

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

Azul...
Azul... Reviews

Review: Leído para el reto La Vuelta al Mundo en Libros: Nicaragua. Read more

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