Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness

“The horror! The horror!” is one of those phrases that will haunt one, long after the last page of the book is turned. This book, or novella, is a ninety page almost-monologue, where the narrator is Marlow, who recounts his adventures searching for Mr. Kurtz in the darkness of Africa. Honestly, despite some incredible lines, […]

George Orwell – Down and Out in Paris & London

Let’s defy convention for  a second, and instead of quoting the opening lines of this fantastic classic, below are the closing lines: I can point to one or two things I have definitely learned by being hard up. I shall never again think that all tramps are drunken scoundrels, nor expect a beggar to be […]

J.D. Salinger – Catcher In The Rye

As some of you might already know, The Catcher In The Rye is one of my favourite books of all times. I’ve read it, and re-read it, and then read it again. At the age of fourteen, the first time I read it, I fell in love with Holden Caulfield. A decade later, I still […]

Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and Margarita

It’s taken me a little over a month to finish this book, and I must say, it’s probably one of my greatest reading accomplishments ’til date. I found the first eighty-four pages tremendously trying, the next one-hundred-and-fifty odd pages amazing, and I was actually totally hooked to the ‘Book 2′ of this intimidating classic. At […]

Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid's Tale {Weekly Geeks Q&A}

I’m still playing catch-up on 13th June’s Weekly Geeks. I know, I know, it’s been about a month, and that’s ample time to catch up! However, after this, I’ll just have two more to do: Disgrace, and His Dark Materials. Am planning to re-read the latter this month, so might end up doing that one […]

J.D. Salinger – Catcher In The Rye {Weekly Geeks Q&A}

So, I’m taking ages with the Weekly Geeks’ Catching Up, and for that I apologize. The third book I’m going to tackle is also one of my favorites, and I’ve been reading it every year for god alone knows how long. I also have three copies of this book – one which stays at work, […]

Alice Walker – The Color Purple {Weekly Geeks Q&A}

Last week’s Weekly Geeks encouraged us to ask the blog readers to ask questions about books we’re reading/books we’ve read, and not yet completed. I’m running extremely late, but, I am finally getting down to doing this. I was asked the below questions: From Becky: The Color Purple. Did you enjoy it? Would you recommend […]

George Orwell – Animal Farm

An anthropomorphic anti-Soviet social satire, this book stirred up a fair bit of controversy, and initially, a multitude of publishers refused to print it, fearing the repercussions of the act. The book focuses on the animals of Manor Farm, and how they go the full circle, from being owned by men and working for them, […]

Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange

O my brothers, this book is real horrorshow. You must have slooshied about it, and in my opinion, it’s a must read. Apologies for the nadsat, i.e. teenage Russian slang, but I think this is partly responsible for making this book just as good as it is (and I really can’t rate it high enough). […]

F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby

Glitz. Glamour. A love that has survived the War. Extra-marital affairs. Grand parties. Opulence. Alcohol. A yellow Rolls Royce. Chauffeurs. Friendship… and New York in the 1920s (the ‘Jazz’ age). This pretty much sums up ‘The Great Gatsby’ – a classic piece of literature from the 20th century. The story revolves around the rich and […]

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