Book Review: The Art of War (Sun Tzu)

Book Review: The Art of War (Sun Tzu)

“Rapidity is the essence of war: take advantage of the enemy’s unreadiness” Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War, is a timeless classic of Chinese literature written in the minimalist style of a Zen master distilling his wisdom into pithy aphorisms for...
Book Review: The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin)

Book Review: The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin)

Powerful, poignant and punctilious. These are for me the most apt words to describe The Fire Next Time. The two essays (My Dungeon Shook and Down at the Cross) comprising this tome reveal very deep insights and understanding of the ‘problem of race’ and of...
Book Review: Burger’s Daughter (Nadine Gordimer)

Book Review: Burger’s Daughter (Nadine Gordimer)

Burger’s Daughter is an authentic portrait of life during Apartheid South Africa, written from the perspective of the daughter of a White, Afrikaner freedom fighter, named Rosa Burger. Her heritage makes her an outcast in White society in South Africa, while her...
Book Review: The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

Book Review: The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

What can I say about The Brothers Karamazov that has not already been said? I must confess I have very complicated feelings about this the most famous opus of Fyodor Dostoevsky. On the one hand I found The Brothers Karamazov to be masterfully written. Not only due to...
Book Review: And Quiet Flows the Don (Mikhail Sholokhov)

Book Review: And Quiet Flows the Don (Mikhail Sholokhov)

And Quiet Flows the Don is a wonderfully authentic and moving portrait of the Cossack people set against the backdrop of World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Mikhail Sholokhov masterfully explores the full gamut of human experience in this novel,...
Book Review: Embers (Sándor Márai)

Book Review: Embers (Sándor Márai)

Embers is nothing short of a literary masterpiece. Sándor Márai’s writing is mesmerizing from start to finish. Not just because Embers is written in a simple yet beautifully lyrical style, but also because of the subject matter. A snapshot in the lives of two...

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