Book Review # 105: Middlemarch

Book Specs Author: George Eliot Publisher: Everyman Publishing Date: 1997 Number of Pages:  747 Genre: Novel, Bildungsroman, Realism, Classic Synopsis Subtitled ‘A Study of Provincial Life’, George Eliot’s greatest novel is a tale of many marriages centering on the town of Middlemarch. A complex web, Middlemarch society is woven of myriad lives: the ardent idealist Dorothea […]

Book Review # 102: The Catcher in the Rye

Book Specs Author: J.D. Salinger Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Publishing Date: May 1991 Number of Pages:  214 pages Genre: Bildungsroman, Literary Realism Synopsis The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep […]

Book Review # 101: Mrs. Dalloway

Book Specs Author: Virginia Woolf Publisher: Harcourt Inc. Publishing Date: 1925 Number of Pages:  194 pages Genre: Modernism, Fiction Synopsis Mrs. Dalloway is the portrait of a single day in a woman’s life. Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of party preparation – fresh flower shopping, new dress buying, and festive room decorating. […]

Book Review # 100: War and Peace

Book Specs Author: Leo Tolstoy Translator: Constance Garnett Publisher: The Modern Library Publishing Date: 2002 Number of Pages:  1386 pages Genre: Historical fiction Synopsis Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic Wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy’s genius is […]

Book Review # 98: The White Tiger

Book Specs Author: Aravind Adiga Publisher: Atlantic Books Publishing Date: 2009 Number of Pages:  321 pages Genre: Picaresque Fiction, Mystery Synopsis Meet Balram Halwai, the “White Tiger”: Servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer… India: The Light and the Dark Before I even begin realizing it, 2018 has shaped up to be the year of the Man Booker […]

Quotable Quotes # 22: The Sea

John Banville’s 2005 Man Booker Prize-winning masterpiece, The Sea, is a rich and deep dive into human nature, specifically on the humdrum of grief and loss. Its realistic and romantic portrayal makes up for a riveting read, albeit it was a quick one. Moreover, the interesting plot was complimented by the richness of its text. John Banville […]

Book Review # 95: Infinite Jest

Book Specs Author: David Foster Wallace Publisher: Bay Back Books Publishing Date: February 2016 Number of Pages: 1,079 (982 pages of narrative, 96 pages of notes and errata) Genre: Metafiction, Satire, Post-modernism Synopsis Set in an addicts’ halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring one of the most endearingly screwed-up families in modern fiction, […]