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Klingsors letzter Sommer
I honestly wouldn't recommend this to newcomers to Hesse. However, if you are in any way already a fan of his works, these short semi-autobiographical ...more
Jun 22, 2010
May 27, 2010
Women On Top
That some people harbor sexual fantasies like these is both utterly terrifying and absolutely hilarious.
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May 27, 2009
The Woman in the Dunes
**spoiler alert** Kobo Abe is the Japanese Albert Camus.

'The Woman In The Dunes' is a painful and surreal account of one man's entrapment in a sand d
Jun 07, 2010
Oct 30, 2009
Israel and Palestine: Competing Histories
Thoroughly recommended.

Mike Berry and Greg Philo have written and published this fantastically concise yet detailed book on the intense and complicate
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May 26, 2009
The Conquest of Happiness
Pretty much just pop psychology written in Russell's typical elaborate and witty language. However, that isn't to say that the information doesn't see ...more
May 26, 2010
May 25, 2010
The Plague
I am a great fan of Albert Camus' literature. The Plague, has merits as a good novel, as well as Camus' normal literary spark. Although coming from a ...more
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Jun 04, 2009
Story of the Eye
Repulsive in its absolutely overt sexual nature. Don't expect subtle erotica, or amourous situations. Instead, atypical of popular literature, expect ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 22, 2009
The Old Man and the Sea
**spoiler alert** I am certainly not a fan of fishing. But this hasn't hindered at all my enjoyment of this novel.

Subject aside, Earnest Hemingway of
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May 16, 2009
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Reams could be spent writing about the background information and history concerning this most archaic pieces of literature.The ancient land of Mesopo ...more
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May 16, 2009
Siddhartha: Siddhartha
Hesse wrote this novella at what was a crucial time in his own life, and the consequent engagement of ideas and thoughts are portrayed well within the ...more
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May 13, 2009
The Screwtape Letters
This relatively small collection of 'letters' between two demons; the lowly Wormwood and his senior, and uncle, Screwtape, both enthrall and humor the ...more
Feb 2009
May 16, 2009
The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal
The concept and idea of this book is a fantastic and novel one, to peer from the cage that is society and study, just as you would any other animal, h ...more
Aug 23, 2010
Aug 23, 2010
The Journey to the East
I read 'Journey to the East' having read almost all other Hesse novels available in English translation.

And, for me, 'Journey to the East' is both a s
Nov 02, 2009
Nov 01, 2009
The Island of Dr. Moreau
**spoiler alert** The Island Of Dr. Moreau tells the story of Edward Pendricks shipwreck survival and subsequent, inadvertent encounter with eccentic ...more
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Aug 05, 2008
I picked up this book up from a local store one afternoon in order to establish and discover the premises to Ayn Rand's philosophy and politics she pr ...more
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May 16, 2009
A Dog's Heart
Bulgakov's novella 'A Dogs Heart' portrays a satirical post-1917, Bolchevikian Russia in negative light. The plot line circles around Sharik, a helple ...more
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May 16, 2009
Written during the Edo period as Japan was opening up to Western influences, in Kusamakura, Natsume Soseki has attempted to merge the literary styles ...more
Mar 2009
May 16, 2009
On the Shortness of Life
This concise book provides the reader with three letters from Stoic philosopher Seneca, written over 2000 years ago.

The insight that remains poingant
Oct 12, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
Arguing About War
Walzer, here, has made a clear argument. However, although it may be clear, it is by no means sound. Easy to pick apart using either Kantian morality ...more
Nov 04, 2009
Nov 04, 2009
On Chesil Beach
My first insight into McEwens' work. Unfortunately, I cannot say I was overly impressed. Read in just over three hours, the plot lacked substance and ...more
Feb 12, 2010
Feb 11, 2010
Cat's Cradle
A remarkably easy book to read, and incidentally, only my second Vonnegut novel to date. Now with some background on the author I was in a better posi ...more
Aug 23, 2010
Oct 30, 2009
Descartes: A Very Short Introduction
Read this as a preliminary before writing a paper on Descartes. Cannot honestly say that it contributed much towards my thought however. Although, in ...more
Feb 03, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
Why I Write
Incluedes a fantastic collection from George Orwell's time in Burma.

However, the title of the book is rather deceptive. It scarecly refers to 'WHY' Or
Nov 03, 2009
Nov 03, 2009
On Beauty and Being Just
Elaine Scarry's book on the benefits and pleasures of beauty is beautiful in itself. In saying so however, does not entail that the arguments behind b ...more
Jan 29, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
The Sound of Waves
This was my first foray into any of Mishima's work, so, given the hype I expected something fantastic. The Sound of Waves however, without being anyth ...more
Jul 16, 2010
May 24, 2010
Pinball, 1973 (The Rat, #2)
As a follow up to 'Hear the Wind Sing' and the second in the trilogy of the rat, Murakami offers insights into loss, personal stagnation and an apathe ...more
May 21, 2010
May 21, 2010
Zen and Japanese Culture
Haven't managed to finish this huge tome on Japanese culture and Zen. But from what I've read so far, Suzuki offers a typically brilliant portrayal.
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Nov 13, 2009
As a journalist John Hersey has done a fantastic job in portraying the inhumanity and deplorable conditions following the dropping of the atomic bomb ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 26, 2009
Why I Am So Wise (Great Ideas)
Nothing substantial happens in 'Why I Am So Wise' until about page 50 due to Nietzsche's unrelenting arrogance.

Nov 03, 2009
Nov 03, 2009
Decent overview of Kantian philosophy. From the metaphysics, through to Ethics, culminating in Kantian aesthetics.
Nov 03, 2009
Nov 03, 2009
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