Journey To The End Of The Night by L.F Celine

I have always suspected myself of being almost purposeless, of not really having any single serious reason for existing. Now I was convinced, in the face of the facts themselves, of my personal emptiness. In surroundings so much too different from those in which I had previously had my meagre being, it was as if […]

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

I read Norse Mythology after reading Kafka’s The Trial. It was like having an After 8 after eating a heavy main course. It was like a breath of fresh air. This is my third Neil Gaiman book after Good Omens and The Graveyard book, and what keeps bringing me back is the simplicity of his […]

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

“You know those ducks in that lagoon in Central Park South? That little lake? By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over? Do you happen to know, by any chance? Do you?” Only a broken 16 year old like Holden Caufield could think that […]

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

It is the year 1806 and I want you to picture the city of London back then. The era of handsome carriages and Victorian mansions, Dukes, butlers, servants, murky taverns, fashionable ballrooms, mysterious cobbled alleyways,violent thunderstorms and dark grey foreboding skies and….and…and magic (of course). Britain is currently in war with Napoleon Bonaparte and are […]

Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Alex, age 15, is the anti-hero and the protagonist of the story. Staying with his parents he is your average school going teenager by day and he is the leader of a notorious gang  by night. The gang is his three close  ‘droogs’ (friends); Georgie, Dim the dim and Pete. Their regular nights would start […]

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

It is all in Esther Greenwood’s head. A neurotic over-achiever who made it to the top but didn’t know where to go from there. Lost like a race horse without a race track. Brought up by the pressures and high expectations of her middle class Christian mother, her life was crowded with unnecessary benchmarks that […]