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”

Book Review — Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov

Gooseberries is a collection of three short stories written by Anton Chekhov. The Kiss features a troop of soldiers who are invited to dine with a certain General Rabbeck and follows their celebratory night at the General’s abode. In the tale The Two Volodyas, Sophia Lvovna’s dilemma, concerning life and the two Volodyas, are explored.Continue reading “Book Review — Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov”

Book Review — Mrs Rosie and the Priest by Giovanni Boccaccio

Mrs Rosie and the Priest makes for an interesting¬†accumulation of stories set in Italy. All the 4 tales are unique because they revolve around different themes. While in Andreuccio’s story, we glimpse the treacherous side of society; Patient Griselda depicts the strength and will power of women in those ages. Ricciardo’s misfortune which he broughtContinue reading “Book Review — Mrs Rosie and the Priest by Giovanni Boccaccio”

Book Review — How to Use Your Enemies by Baltasar Gracian

How to Use Your Enemies by Baltasar Gracian is a compilation of his blunt suggestions to the reader on how to live life. Gracian goes on to dictate terms of socializing, thinking and thereby presents the reader with the consequence of their changed actions. These opinions, strong as they are in conviction, appear to haveContinue reading “Book Review — How to Use Your Enemies by Baltasar Gracian”

Book Review — A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees by Yoshida Kenko

This collection by Yoshida Kenko marvels us from the start. Filled with musings on different topics, most of which have to do with death, nature or mannerisms, Kenko’s writing is imbued with cultural sensibilities. 51 pages long, it is split into paragraph or page long thoughts about people, their habits and the general course ofContinue reading “Book Review — A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees by Yoshida Kenko”