Tag Archives: English

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.

Le Morte d’Arthur
Thomas Malory

Le Morte d’Arthur is not actually one long epic about the life and death of King Arthur, but rather a collection of stories of the knights of the Round Table fused by Malory into a somewhat coherent tale…

Orlando
Virginia Woolf

Orlando: A Biography (and I’ve left it’s secondary title in there since it was evidently important to the author) is a new style of biography. Woolf takes as her subject the character Orlando, and writes a kind of biography the world had never seen up to that point…

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…

Silas Marner
George Eliot

Silas Marner is about an old miser named Silas Marner (I wish to note here that I initially picked the book up because I thought the title read Silas Mariner. You can imagine my disappointment) who spends all day counting his money, until one day a little girl wanders into his hovel and warms his heart (he finds her mother dead, and so logically assumes that the child is now his to raise)…

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…

The Tenth Man
Graham Greene

The Tenth Man is a fine example of a Graham Greene novel, and definitely worth picking up…

Frankenstein
Mary Shelley

Frankenstein is a far cry from the Franken Berry we’ve come to know and love, but he still has much to teach us…

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl

Willy Wonka, a mysterious candy maker, decides to open the doors of his chocolate factory to five lucky children, who will become the only ones on Earth, aside from the workers themselves, to ever see the factory from the inside. With that premise, the book could be mediocre and still be a classic. As it is, the book is fantastic, and so it is, and shall remain, one of the greatest children’s books of all time…

Sylvie and Bruno
Lewis Carroll

I’ve always been curious how something this large by an author that’s so famous for his only other two novels could be ignored, by and large, to the point that few seem to know it even exists…