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Siddhartha

Perhaps Herman Hesse’s most famous work, Siddhartha is a short, but intense story of one man’s life.
I’ve only read one other book by Hesse — Steppenwolf.  They are starkly different books.  Siddhartha is very much a confident and exuberant individual initially, and sees life as a book meant to be opened and interpreted freely.  He [...]

Grendel

John Gardner created an antihero explanation of Beowulf most memorable villain in 1971.
For those of you unfamiliar with Beowulf (I’ve never read it), it’s renowned as an incredibly important poem due to being the oldest known existing poem from English literature.  For an easy, and entertaining way to understand the story, you can watch the [...]

The Border Trilogy: Cormac McCarthy

A good friend had told me about Cormac McCarthy some years ago and it’s taken me a while to actually pick up any of his works.  After scanning Amazon, it seemed like The Border Trilogywas a good place to start.  Turns out that premonition was correct, it is quite good.
The first of three novels is [...]

To Kill A Mockingbird

Harper Lee wrote a fantastic book back in 1960. Apparently she still makes $9000 per day from it today.I’ve read it before, when I was in junior high school, but had since forgotten most of the plot.  The fact that it was in the deep south and was about an older time was about all [...]

The Chronic, What? The Chronicles of Narnia

I hadn’t read C.S. Lewis since being very young.  We always had a few of the Chronicles of Narnia books in hardback floating around, but never the whole set.  So I saw the set a few months ago and decided to spring back into my childhood for about 800 pages.
I’m not religious, though I was [...]

Infinite Jest by Davide Foster Wallace

I really didn’t know what I was getting into, honestly.
Back in early October of last year, I pointed to a few videos around the idea of “this is water” and after decided that I should read some of his works.  It seemed that “Infinite Jest” was his most remarked and well reflected upon book, so [...]

Player Piano

After a month and a half of reading, I finished Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut.  It is a book about a future where everything is automated.  It doesn’t seem a dystopia, but it’s no utopia either.
The world has been engineered to optimize all different tasks humans take on.  In time, this automation has rendered many [...]

A Confederacy of Dunces

Twas a long time ago that I read a review of a book called A Confederacy of Dunces, it was about how Will Farrel was considering a movie remake of the book.  At the time, I knew nothing of the book and so read a quick review.  It was praised as one of the most [...]

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The movie was one of the best I’ve seen.  It was simple and ultimately heart wrenching.  For some odd reason, I’d seen the black and white cover and stayed away.  Black and whites have mostly not been that interesting to me, other than Casablanca, but much to my surprise, the movie was actually in color. [...]

Are You Really Listening?

I don’t think people listen all that well.  I’m guilty myself of interjecting self purposed statements into conversation when I should be trying to hear what the other person is saying.  We just have the tendency to think in terms relative to ourselves.  The funny thing is that we often wonder why people aren’t listening [...]

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