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Book Review: The Trial by Franz Kafka

Title: The TrialAuthor: Franz KafkaTranslator: Idris Parry Publisher: Penguin (Modern Classics)Date: 2015 (1925)Genre: Philosophical FictionSummary: A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him. Once arrested, he… Continue reading Book Review: The Trial by Franz Kafka

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Book Review: Memoirs from the House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Title: Memoirs from the House of the Dead Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky Translator: Jessie Coulson  Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2008 (1862) Genre: Semi-autobiographical / Philosophical Fiction / Classics Summary: In this almost documentary account of his own experiences of penal servitude in Siberia, Dostoevsky describes the physical and mental suffering of the convicts, the squalor and the degradation,… Continue reading Book Review: Memoirs from the House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Book Review: Mary & The Wrongs of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

Title: Mary & The Wrongs of Woman Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2009 (1788) Genre: Classics / Fiction / Philosophy Summary: Mary Wollstonecraft is best known for her pioneering views on the rights of women to share equal rights and opportunities with men. Expressed most forcefully in her Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), her forthright opinions… Continue reading Book Review: Mary & The Wrongs of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

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Book Review: The Plague by Albert Camus

Title: The Plague Author: Albert Camus Publisher: Penguin Date: 1998 (1947) Genre: Classics / Philosophical Literature Summary: A gripping tale of human unrelieved horror, of survival and resilience, and of the ways in which humankind confronts death, The Plague is at once a masterfully crafted novel, eloquently understated and epic in scope, and a parable of ageless moral resonance, profoundly relevant… Continue reading Book Review: The Plague by Albert Camus

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Thoughts on… Candide by Voltaire

Title: Candide, or Optimism Author: Voltaire Publisher: Penguin Classics Date: 2006 (1759) Summary: Brought up in the household of a German Baron, Candide is an open-minded young man whose tutor, Pangloss, has instilled in him the belief, inspired by Leibniz, that ‘all is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds’. But when his… Continue reading Thoughts on… Candide by Voltaire

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Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray Author: Oscar Wilde Genre: Classics / Social Critique / Philosophical Fiction Date: 2003 (1890) Publisher: Penguin Classics Pages: 253 Started: 8th July 2016 Completed: 8th July 2016 Rating: 5/5 Summary: ‘The horror, whatever it was, had not yet entirely spoiled that marvellous beauty’ Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian… Continue reading Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde