The Life of a Stupid Man by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

With 3 titles in this Penguin Little Black Classic, two of which are autobiographical, the author captures fleeting glimpses of the human experience. I haven’t read many stories by Japanese authors so I thought perhaps this could be a taste-tester of sorts. I’m not sure I’m the right audience for it because although these shortContinue reading “The Life of a Stupid Man by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa”

I’ll Never Be Young Again by Daphne du Maurier

Richard has never felt more ostracized and lonely before. When he is about to give up and end his life, a stranger steps in, giving him the chance to look at life differently. In Jake’s company, Richard embarks on an adventure. Daphne du Maurier’s 2nd novel is as much a portrait of the unchanging natureContinue reading “I’ll Never Be Young Again by Daphne du Maurier”

Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

Anne Brontë’s classic novel, Agnes Grey, is a semi-autobiographical account of the young woman’s experiences working as a governess. The book is set in Victorian Bath and gives the reader a glimpse of Brontë’s far-reaching outlook on life and society. When Agnes sets out to work in the capacity of a governess at some wealthyContinue reading “Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë”

Book Review – – – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Austen’s writings always have a touch of romantic intrigue, positing atleast one character in an unstable relationship. Sense and Sensibility is no different in that regard, but it allows us a glimpse of harsh familial realities when wealth is in question. Mrs. Dashwood and her three daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, are forced to leaveContinue reading “Book Review – – – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen”

Book Review — A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

In this Little Black Classics volume, Penguin has put together a bunch of short stories written by Jonathan Swift, whom we know for his popular work Gulliver’s Travels. While a majority of the pieces in this book is satiric in nature, I would like to draw your due attention towards the first piece  titled AContinue reading “Book Review — A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift”