Tag Archives: Worthwhile

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.

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

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…

Moominvalley in November
Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson, the dreary Finn, is at it again for one last time. Moominvalley in November is the last of the Moomin books (which is a shame), and it reads more like a suicide note than a children’s book…

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…

Journey to the West
Wu Cheng'en

The impact that Journey to the West has had on the world since its publication is…staggering. I don’t think I would be overstating things to say that most (if not all) modern manga/anime have been directly influenced by Journey to the West

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…

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…

The Metamorphosis
Franz Kafka

There’s been a backlash by literariacs everywhere, who turn up their noses at people who praise The Metamorphosis. Claiming to never have read The Metamorphosis is something they wear like a trophy. In fact, if you don’t roll your eyes if The Metamorphosis is mentioned around these people, they’ll take their lattés and go elsewhere…

The Neverending Story
Michael Ende

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard of The Neverending Story, and have heard of it because of the movie. The movie, in its own way, is a classic of the fantasy film genre of the 1980s (whose king, of course, is Labyrinth), and is quite enjoyable, but it differs in a couple key ways…