Review and Analysis – Leo Tolstoy’s The Cossacks
The Cossacks, by Leo Tolstoy - Pavel Biryukov

The Cossacks was first published in 1863. Leo Tolstoy would go on to publish two of his best known works directly after this novel, War and Peace in 1869 followed by Anna Karenina in 1877. While The Cossacks is not of the calibre of Tolstoy’s two classics, it stands on its own as a work […]

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Book Review: Wise Blood and Revelation by Flannery O’ Connor
Flannery O' Connor

Flannery O’ Connor stands as one of the few people to write in Southern Gothic Style, and also is one of the few authors that creates characters as grotesque. She makes her stories with flawed characters that are filled with elements of the grotesque to show that there are boundaries between the normal and the […]

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Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
Please Look After Mom

Kyung-Sook Shin’s novel, Please Look After Mom, was the finalist of the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize. The judges were Chang-rae Lee, Razia Iqbal and Vikas Swarup. Though this was Shin’s first novel translated into English, she has written six novels, as well as short story collections and non-fiction in Korean. Her novels are exceedingly […]

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Kafka: The Lies You Know and the Man You Don’t

In Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays, Zadie Smith quotes novelist and critic Adam Thirlwell as saying, “It is now necessary to state some accepted truths about Franz Kafka, and the Kafkaesque…Kafka’s work lies outside literature…He has no predecessors-his works appears as if from nowhere-and he has no true successors…These fictions express the alienation of modern […]

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Book Review: Last Summer by Kylie Ladd
Last Summer

It does not take Kylie Ladd very long to enter the fray and set the scene of Last Summer. Rory Buchanan, a man who “has it all: looks, talent, charisma…” is, by page six and at the age of 39, dead. An aortic aneurysm, a ruptured artery wall of the heart, had killed a man […]

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