The Death of Ivan Ilych (or the one that changed my mind about Russian literature)

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy My rating: 5 of 5 stars "“Death is over," he said to himself. "There is no more death.” When I picked this book up at a library book sale, I did so without expectation that I would actually enjoy reading it. See, I had mistakenly given up … Continue reading The Death of Ivan Ilych (or the one that changed my mind about Russian literature)

Reader’s Block (fascinating facts and fiction)

Reader’s Block by David Markson My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have a narrative. But you will be put to it to find it. Markson’s short work of experimental fiction weaves together strings of historical facts (Frederick Delius was paralyzed and blinded by syphilis.), quotations (Pouring out liquor is like burning books. Said Faulkner.) … Continue reading Reader’s Block (fascinating facts and fiction)

After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie (or the one about my shadow self)

After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie by Jean Rhys My rating: 4 of 5 stars There she goes a little heartache; there she goes a little pain. Make no mistake, she sheds her skin like a snake, gonna walk the plank again... Shhhhhhhh.... Listen closely. Jean has something she'd like to say. That's what this book feels … Continue reading After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie (or the one about my shadow self)