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 # 79: Of Mice and Men

Book Specs Author: John Steinbeck Publisher: Pearson Education Limited Publishing Date: 2011 Number of Pages: 118 Genre: American Fiction, Modern Classic, Tragic Realistic Fiction Synopsis Of Mice and Men is a poignant tale of the extraordinary friendship between two itinerant workers in the harsh depression years of 1930s America. George and his large, simple-minded friend […]

Book Review # 77: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Book Specs Author: Ernest Hemingway Publisher: Quality Paperback Book Club Publishing Date: 1993 Number of Pages: 471 Genre: War Novel Historical Fiction Synopsis Written in the late 1930s, when democracy faces its greatest peril, For Whom the Bell Tolls is Hemingway’s masterful novel about love, death, honor and betrayal. Set amidst the tragedy of the […]

Book Review # 74: The War of the End of the World

Book Specs Author: Mario Vargas Llosa Translator: Helen R. Lane Publisher: Picador Publishing Date: August 2008 Number of Pages:  568 pages Genre: Historical Novel Synopsis Deep within the remote backlands of nineteenth-century Brazil lies Canudos, home to all the damned of the earth: prostitutes, bandits, beggars, and every kind of outcast. It is a place where history […]

Book Review # 73: Catch-22

Book Specs Author: Joseph Heller Publisher: Vintage Publishing Date: 1994 Number of Pages: 519 pages Genre: War Novel, Satirical Novel Synopsis At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war. His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who […]

Book Review # 72: The Master and Margarita

Book Specs Author: Mikhail Bulgakov Translator: Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky Publisher: Penguin Books Publishing Date: 2016 Number of Pages: 396 Genre: Magical Realism, Satirical, Romance, Historical Metafiction Synopsis Nothing in the whole of literature compares with The Master and Margarita. One spring afternoon, the Devil, trailing file and chaos in his wake, weaves himself […]

Book Review # 68: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Book Specs Author: Zora Neale Hurston Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics Publishing Date: 2006, first edition published on September 18, 1937  Number of Pages: 193 Genre: African-American Fiction, Classical Fiction, Classics Synopsis One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston’s beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring […]