What strange dialogue

I started listening to For Whom the Bell Tolls recently, and am wondering why everyone is so enamored with Hemingway. The story so far is engaging and well told, but it seems so... prosaic... which is not what I expected from one so universally praised. I'll give it time though, it is drawing me in. …

Crime and Punishment

An exciting psychological thriller? A philosophical thinkpiece on morality? A tragedy? Mystery? All of these? I quite enjoyed Crime and Punishment if you can't tell. Some of the conversations were very intense, and ambiguous too--I was so intent on Rodion's interactions with Porfiry, I could not decide whether he knew or not! It was so …

150 years old and still kicking

I've been listening to Crime and Punishment, and am amazed how well it holds up. Whenever I open a classic I'm expecting it to be a bit of work, but this one isn't. Somehow, 150 years later, it is still a tense, tight read. How many more years will people still be reading this book? …

Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

I am left wondering, about how the world perceives this book. This was not an erotic or romantic read. IĀ can't think of any point a that I would describe as even slightly arousing. It is the story of a child rapist, who abducts and repeatedly assaults a child over the course of nearly three years. …