Book Review: The Old Man and the Sea

When I first began to take an interest in reading and writing I thought I should check out some of Ernest Hemingway’s work, since he is considered one of the best in the business. I began with his Pulitzer Prize-winning novella, The Old Man and the Sea. It wasn’t long before I understood why this book... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Hamlet

Hemingway, Cervantes, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy. These are just a few authors’ names I find fun to say. Another is William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is perhaps the most famous writer in the world, thanks largely to the 1998 biopic Shakespeare in Love. The movie was a genius publicity move, and one I’m looking to imitate to boost my... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness is the haunting tale of a young man’s experience as a steamboat captain in Africa during the days of European Imperialism. The main character, Marlow, gains employment with an ivory trading company, and travels to the mysterious continent that has fascinated him since boyhood. Once there, he is faced with a dual... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Dracula

I’ve never had any particular interest in vampires, but when I heard there was a fellow named Bram Stoker, and this Bram Stoker had written a book—well, there was nothing this side of the apocalypse that was going to keep me from reading that book. Bram’s novel tells the tale of the mysterious Count Dracula,... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s classic novel revolves around three brothers: Dmitri, Ivan and Alexei (a.k.a. Alyosha). Dmitri is romantic, impulsive and violent; Ivan is an intellectual who has rejected faith in God; and Alyosha is a kind but inexperienced young man who is preparing for life in a monastery. When their father is murdered Dmitri becomes the... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Animal Farm

History can be a touchy subject, and art is a risky medium. When George Orwell used a story about farm animals to portray the Russian Communist Revolution and Joseph Stalin’s bloody reign, he was considered brilliant; but when I put on a puppet show about the French Revolution (complete with miniature guillotine), I was branded... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Peter Pan

 I recently saw this book advertised in a store as “a beloved children’s tale”. I wasted no time in pointing out this error to the manager. Imagine my disbelief when he insisted Peter Pan is indeed a book for children! In a state of shock I suggested he might as well stock the kids’ section with... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck’s masterful novella tells the tale of two drifters, George and Lennie. George is a good man, whose shrewdness has seen him survive the lean years of the Great Depression. Lennie is a man-mountain whose gentle heart and simple, childlike mind have a habit of getting him into strife. The two make an odd... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Moby-Dick

It’s the nature of a good adventure novel to inspire courage and a sense of wonder in the reader. When it came to Herman Melville’s epic, a few short chapters was all it took for me to develop a yearning for the majestic open ocean. The story follows (and is narrated by) the adventure-seeking Ishmael,... Continue Reading →

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