Book Review: Thérèse Raquin (Émile Zola)

This was my first time reading Émile Zola, and boy was it a treat! His writing in Thérèse Raquin is absolutely sublime and compelling, so much so that I could hardly put this book down. The intricate development of each of the characters, from Laurent and Thérèse to...

Book Review: The Gambler (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

The Gambler is another literary masterpiece from Fyodor Dostoevsky. It is an humorous (I literally laughed out loud several times), entertaining read from cover to cover. What I enjoyed most was the colorful interplay between the, at times, outrageous cast of...

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: Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

I have been told that to fully appreciate Dostoyevsky’s writing it is necessary to read his works in Russian. The poetry and lyricism of his prose is supposed to be spellbinding in his native language. Unfortunately this is not yet possible for me so I have had...

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