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The Unclassed (Recommended Reads) Book Review

Recommended Reads: The Unclassed by George Gissing  My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book Review   I stumbled upon this book almost by chance. Every now and again I browse the Kindle store for classic fiction. I hadn’t heard of it before and found it through browsing. Yet I am glad I did. It starts off…
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recommended reads, book review of John Steinbeck 'The Pearl'

The Pearl (Recommended Reads)

Recommended Reads: The Pearl by John Steinbeck My rating: 4 of 5 stars John Steinbeck is perhaps most remembered for ‘Of Mice and Men’. Although I cannot remember much from a literary perspective of that book from English in school – the story itself still remains a prominent memory. I revisited him as an author…
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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories (Recommended Reads) Book Review

Book Review: Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner My rating: 4 of 5 stars I always thought stand up comedy must be one of the most petrifying things to do. Although I haven’t read much satire, or books aimed at making the reader laugh, I can imagine that although far less nerve-wrecking than…
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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Recommended Reads)

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde My rating: 4 of 5 stars ‘It often seems to me that art conceals the artist far more completely than it ever reveals him. ‘ This short novel was highly controversial in its time, and Wilde revised the novel due to some of the criticisms it received.…
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The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase (Recommended Reads)

The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase by Mark Forsyth My rating: 4 of 5 stars Now, this book may not be for all. I write as a self-proclaimed failed writer.. this book surprised me and my ignorant, conceited, counterfeit pen. Thank God I am well beyond the years of being…
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The Blink That Killed The Eye (Recommended Reads)

The Blink That Killed the Eye by Anthony Anaxagorou My rating: 4 of 5 stars From the title, this short story collection draws intrigue. As with some other reviews, this book is definitely more along the 4.5 than 4 rating. Anthony Anaxagorou has an awe-worthy grasp on words. He often strings them together effortlessly with…
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Siddhartha (Recommended Reads)

There are terms throughout this book that more than likely a great many of us will not be familiar with, yet do not let that put you off. This is a great tale of life as it details the clash of a young man named Siddhartha as he struggles between the material world and the…
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When Breath Becomes Air (Recommended Reads)

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is to be fair closer to an upper range – more a 4.5 than a 4. Yet rather than dwell on the star rating (one of the more difficult elements of goodreads) let it not detract from the fact that…
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The Sorrows of Young Werther (Recommended Reads)

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s surprising how many short novels can create such an impact. Apparently written in six weeks by a then 24 year old Goethe (according to Wikipedia at least), it is the descriptive language through which the passions are expressed…
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Passing (Recommended Reads)

Passing by Nella Larsen My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sometimes, due to time constraints, my attention span, or laziness – I look out for recommended short novels or novellas as it is encouraging to be able to finish them. At the start of 2016 I was actively searching for them, and averaging about a…
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