Tag Archives: War

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 Furioso
Ludovico Ariosto

Without a doubt, Orlando Furioso is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read. From start to finish, it’s all action, and all awesome…

The Song of Roland

Now, don’t get me wrong. The Song of Roland is incredibly stupid. I just think the abuse it receives is undeserved…

The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann

The Magic Mountain, much like Oblomov, is a dangerous book. What Mann does with this novel of little action that moves at a snail’s place is illustrate just how easily one’s life, one’s youth, one’s livelihood can slowly but surely slip away…

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…

Cat’s Cradle
Kurt Vonnegut

As with many of Vonnegut’s books, Cat’s Cradle seems to start out without a story. The narrator, an author, is trying to write a book about what various famous Americans were doing when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. His research leads him to the three children of Felix Hoenikker, the creator of the atomic bomb…

The Man in the Iron Mask
Alexandre Dumas

The Man in the Iron Mask combines two of my greatest fears: claustrophobia and reading the last book in a trilogy without reading the first two

The Tenth Man
Graham Greene

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

Black Elk Speaks
John G. Neihardt

Black Elk Speaks is fascinating. It’s the story of Black Elk, who was born into a world with Europeans in America, and saw the entire collapse of Native American civilization, and took part in it…

The Great American Novel
Philip Roth

Baseball fans should be relieved to know that there is quite a bit of baseball in The Great American Novel—and statistics…