Tag Archives: XIX

The Double
Fyodor Dostoevsky

There are many things I’m tempted to say about Dostoevsky’s novel(la?) The Double: A Petersburg Poem, and all of them are false…

Beyond Good and Evil
Friedrich Nietzsche

Beyond Good and Evil is a philosophical text, and a unique one. It’s uniqueness can only be appreciated if you’ve read every philosophical text written prior to Beyond Good and Evil, as well as the rest of Nietzsche’s work. I can proudly claim that I…haven’t read any of that. At all. Like, ever…

The Communist Manifesto
Karl Marx

The Communist Manifesto reads like something that came out of the 19th century. I myself have never been to the 19th century, but I swear, it seems like anyone could get anything published, so long as it was non-fiction and pompous…

The Awakening
Kate Chopin

The Awakening is definitely worthwhile. It’s more a study than a story, but it’s gripping, short, and well-done…

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

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)…

The Golovlovs
Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin

You can crow up and down that The Golovlovs is an authentic Russian novel all you want: that’s not going to save it from being a poorly written, poorly crafted book of little literary merit…

Notes from Underground
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Notes from Underground is an…interesting novella that was probably much more shocking back in 19th century Russia than it is now…

The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo is the “ultimate” (?) revenge story. Of course, there’s a better one, but this one’s still pretty good…

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