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Northanger Abbey, a novel by Jane Austen (book review and recommendation)

Northanger Abbey was published after Jane Austin's death, that's a well know fact. One of two Austen's novels (the other being Persuasion) that were published posthumously, Northanger Abbey seems to have been the first work that Austen has prepared for publication.  I've been wanting to read it for a while and I'm glad I finally did. I'm even more excited to share this review, because it includes, besides the obvious, my musings about Jane Austen. You see, I have something of a love and hate relationship with Austen. Alright, maybe that is an overstatement. I generally do enjoy Jane Austen's works, but I remain uncertain to whether Jane is all I think she is. One more thing, this is a very long review (+ 2000 words). I organized it as best as I could, but if you just want a general summarize, you will need to scroll down and read my final thoughts.

Should we trust our first impressions? As I started reading this novel, I marvelled at the eleg…

The Breast, a novella by Philip Roth (book review and recommendation)

Today I'm back with another book review. The Breast is a novella written by an American author Philip Roth. Originally published in 1972, it openly references classical works of literature, such as Gogol's The Nose and Kafka's Metamorphosis. Is this short novel a long cry from the books it references? In a way, The Breast is indeed a far cry from classical literature, but it is still attention worthy. If you want to know why, read on. 


In many ways, The Breast is a wonderfully original novel.  I would say that it can certainly be classified as good literature. It is certainly not a trashy novel (as trashy as Roth can get, he is too clever a writer to overdo it). Basically, The Breast is a story of a man who gets turned into a giant breast. No, I'm not joking, that's really it. I know, the idea is rather cheeky, and Ruth is determined to push it as far as he can,  yet somehow this novel managed not to turn into something absurd.
The idea o…

Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea (book review and recommendation)

I'm thrilled to finally review this book. I actually read it last Summer, but due to health reasons (also the reason why I was absent from both of my blogs), I wasn't able to post my review here sooner.

Ursula K. Le Guin is a very popular science fiction writer and for a good reason. The first novel by Le Guin that I read was The Left Hand of Darkness and I have simply fell in love with that one. I can't wait to read more from Ursula K. Le Guin, because I think she is an immensely gifted writer. A year ago, an influential  magazine went as far as to name Le Guin the greatest American living science fiction author. 
Today considered a classic of both fantasy and children's literature, A Wizard of Earthsea could also be describes as a young adult and 'coming of age' novel. First published in 1969, it is a story of a boy who gets invited to attend a magic school, accepts the invitation, fights his own demons and learns a lot about him…

Book review and recommendation---- 'The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale' by Joseph Conrad

“Madness alone is truly terrifying, inasmuch as you cannot placate it by threats, persuasion, or bribes.” ― Joseph ConradThe Secret Agent

One of the things that I admire about Joseph Conrad is his ability to examine a human soul in all of its complexity. His writing never fails to impress me. When a novel makes you want to ask questions, you know it must it good. When it continues to stay in your mind months after you had read it, you know it must be brilliant. From my personal point of view, Joseph Conrad is one of those uniquely talented writers who are successful in both asking the right kind of questions and making their writing stay with their readers. Conrad's novels are, more often than not, wonderfully profound and hauntingly complex. The Secret Agent is no exception. I feel like I could talk about this novel forever but I will try to control myself and attempt to somewhat summarize my thoughts. Still, this review will be more a collection of my reflections about this no…