Category Archives: B+

Probably worth reading.

The Code of the Woosters

P. G. Wodehouse

If one is going to start reading Wodehouse, I suppose The Code of the Woosters is as good a place to start as any (even though this isn’t the first story to feature Wooster and Jeeves), provided one has a general knowledge of the characters and the style of comedy.

I, Claudius

Rank: B+ No. Times Read: 1 Last Read: Winter, 2012 Author Name: Robert Graves Review: With I, Claudius, modern readers […]

Winesburg, Ohio

Sherwood Anderson

The surprise (for me) in reading Winesburg, Ohio came in the interiority of the characters Anderson describes. It rather reminded me of something written by Tove Jansson

Forest of a Thousand Daemons

Daniel Olorunfemi Fagunwa

I would dearly love to give Fagunwa’s Forest of a Thousand Daemons an A+, but the nature of the story simply will not allow it…

Selected Religious Poems of Solomon Ibn Gabirol

Solomon Ibn Gabirol

Solomon Ibn Gabirol was born in Malaga, around the year 1021. When he was sixteen, he began a poem, “I am the Master, and Song is my slave…”

The Secret Sharer

Joseph Conrad

The Secret Sharer is about a nameless narrator that happens upon a shipwrecked sailor one eve. This sailor, Leggatt, killed another sailor on his ship, the Sephora, after an incident during a storm…

Chronicle in Stone

Ismail Kadare

The last six decades have supplied us with innumerable stories of the second World War from France, Germany, Japan, the US, Italy, North Africa, China—but Albania? Who outside of Albania even knew they were in it! As such, Chronicle in Stone fills a void, and is a worthy addition to the rich literary landscape of World War II…

First Love

Ivan Turgenev

I think the major strength of First Love is also its greatest weakness. Towards the end, I really did not enjoy reading this book. I mean, it’s so bleak! I’d say it’s bleak enough to be called blique

If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler

Italo Calvino

The book starts out in second person (you are told that you’re about to start reading Italo Calvino’s novel If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler), and then you get the next chapter, which is the first chapter of a fictional book. In the third chapter, the “you” that isn’t you is dismayed to discover that the rest of the pages of the book you’ve (he’s? she’s?) been reading are blank…

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

Though I generally don’t like sappy stuff, I really like A Christmas Carol. Dickens pulls it all off very well, and his story produces the desired effect. It’s a well-oiled machine. Further, it’s this story that I think really shaped the non-religious aspect of Christmas…