Category Archives: Reviews

Light in August, by William Faulkner

I recently read Light in August, by William Faulkner. This was my second Faulkner book, and I found this a much easier and more enjoyable read than The Sound and the Fury. It’s largely set in 1930’s Mississippi, though the … Continue reading

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Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes

I mainly read Don Quixote because it’s on my list, which is compiled from other lists. One of the source lists (compiled by Norwegian book clubs) was compiled by polling 100 writers from 54 countries around the world. They declared … Continue reading

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The Hobbit

I recently re-read The Hobbit; the last time I read it was at least two decades, if not three decades, ago. I really enjoyed it, partly due to the nostalgia of revisiting an old friend. It was much more clearly … Continue reading

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Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis

When I started reading this, I feared it was going to be terribly dated, and that for a comic novel I wouldn’t find it very funny. It’s about a young lecturer in an un-named redbrick university, coming to the end … Continue reading

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Book Review: Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

The executive summary of this review is: don’t read this book. The one paragraph review is: don’t read this book unless you really need to. For example, if you need to read this for your course, or because you’re determined … Continue reading

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Book review: Ulysses by James Joyce

I read Ulysses because it was in the Big Read Top 100 (BRT100), and is also on my list of 100 books you should read. I first tried reading Ulysses about a year ago: I got seriously bogged down in … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth

Long and rambling, at times it draws you in, at times I felt I was struggling through a tar pit of irrelevant or tedious detail. It’s one of the longest novels ever published, and boy did it feel like it … Continue reading

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