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A House for Mr. Biswas – V.S. Naipaul

The futility of Mr. Biswas to find even the most humble home of his own renders him intensely human and endearing. It is easy to identify with him and laugh at him and understand that one has so much in common with him. But Mr....

Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec

The stories are unforgettable, the humanity that shines through is totally believable. Perec's main message seems to be: life has infinite possibilities, we can never know how things will turn out, life is a box of wonders.


Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel – 2009 Posted by guillermo maynez on 11/6/2012, 13:39:29 When I was a kid (13-14) I had to spend a couple of weeks at the house of some elderly and spinster aunts in the town of Irapuato, i...

The Witches of Eastwick-John Updike

The Witches of Eastwick – John Updike – 1984 Posted by Joffre on 29/12/2014, 11:44:35 I finished up TWoE. It was one of the more enjoyable things I’ve read lately. Their games of tennis were amusing. There wer...


Utopia-Sir Thomas More

Utopia – Sir Thomas More – 1516 Posted by Steven on 1/11/2013, 12:11:19 Here is my review of Utopia, followed by some random thoughts on More’s Utopia compared to Plato’s Republic. In a separate post I&#...

Under Western Eyes- Joseph Conrad

Under Western Eyes – Joseph Conrad – 1911 Posted by Guillermo Maynez on 16/3/2013, 11:12:57 All of the works by Conrad that I’ve read are emotionally charged, not in a melodramatic way, but in a tense way. Ten...


The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

The Turn of the Screw – Henry James – 1898 Posted by Joffre on 16/6/2013, 16:24:41 After reading The Beckoning Fair One, which I found okay, I read a book called How to Read Literature by Terry Eagleton. I found tha...

The Tunnel – Ernesto Sábato

The Tunnel – Ernesto Sábato – 1948 Posted by Steven on 3/12/2012, 19:56:40 I just finished it today too. It bugs me that it kept reminding me of something else I had read, but I couldn’t remember what. Of cour...


Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

Achebe never depicts tribal, pre-European African life as bucolic or peaceful. I think it is a brutally honest portrait of Igbo machismo, violence, and cruelty. Which, of course, does not also forgive Europeans for their own br...

The Sisters Brothers- Patrick deWitt

The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt – 2011 Posted by guillermo maynez User on 18/9/2013, 13:52:44 Thanks Lale for this wonderful recommendation that I surely would have otherwise missed. I enjoyed this tale a lot....