Albert Camus – A Happy Death

The title, a contradiction in terms, was the first novel written by Camus, when he was in his mid-twenties. However, it was only published post-humously, and is considered to be a precursor to Camus’ more widely-acclaimed The Stranger (also known as The Outsider, to obfuscate matters). It has been a long time since I’ve read The Stranger, and the […]

Vladimir Nabokov – Laughter In The Dark

Congratulate me, for I’ve finished my first Nabokov. Some four years back, I attempted to read the much acclaimed Lolita, but failed to finish it for it was way too disturbing. I must give it another try. My second foray into Nabokov’s world was far more successful though. Not only did I race through the book, […]

Muriel Spark – The Driver’s Seat

Oh, for such a small novella (tautology?), The Driver’s Seat covers so much, with a dark plot, completely mental characters and just bizarreness all around! Lise, a thirty-something year old woman, is stuck in a dull office job for a decade or so, and she’s about to embark on her first vacation. At the very […]

William S Burroughs – Junky

Junky is William S. Burroughs semi-autobiographical story, about being a drug-addict – a “junky,” if you will – in the 1940s in the good ol’ US of A. At less than two hundred pages, this is an extremely short, albeit insightful read. This first-person narrative is an unapologetic unemotional documentary of Burroughs’ experiences, the friends […]

Virginia Woolf – Mrs. Dalloway

Claire {@ kissacloud} and three friends are doing a Woolf In Winter read-along. The first book they’re tackling is Mrs. Dalloway, and it’s being hosted by Sarah {@ what we have here is a failure to communicate}. I picked up the Vintage classic last year, while idly browsing a second hand book store, and have […]

John Christopher – The Death Of Grass

Background: While this month, my blog entries seem to be focused a lot on the Take A Chance challenge, it’s only because the challenge is up end of month, and I am actually trying to finish it. After this, I only have one more challenge to tackle, and I’ve already started the final book (David […]

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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