"You'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now." The Catcher in the… Continue reading Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
“The beauty or ugliness of a character lay not only in its achievements, but in its aims and impulses; its true history lay, not among things done, but among things willed.” Though it was written around 130 years ago, Tess of the D'Urbervilles remains an important read, largely due to the issues that Hardy approaches… Continue reading Book Review: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.” Through fluid and beautiful prose Shelley tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist that has to deal with the ramifications of creating a living creature, and the creature itself, who is continually shunned and subsequently… Continue reading Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." To Kill a Mockingbird is probably one of my favorite… Continue reading Book Review: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
"I would know him in death, at the end of the world.” The Song of Achilles is a beautifully written retelling of the Iliad told from the perspective of Patroclus, a relatively small figure in many interpretations of this story. It is a story about love and it is a story about war. It is… Continue reading Book Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The novel ‘The White Tiger’ has provoked many contrasting interpretations concerning the veracity of its presentation of India. A lack of verisimilitude can be seen in this novel in the presentation of many of the events and much of the characterisation including Adiga’s focus on India’s corruption which is contrasted with the glamorisation of Pinky… Continue reading The lack of verisimilitude in The White Tiger and the Western audience’s perception of it.