Review: Candide

Auteur: VoIMG_20140803_172134ltaire
Titel: Candide
Genre: Literatuur
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1759
ISBN: 9780486266893
Aantal bladzijden: 94
Gelezen: 25 – 27 oktober

Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron, Candide is an open-minded young man, whose tutor, Pangloss, has instilled in him the belief that ‘all is for the best’. But when his love for the Baron’s rosy-cheeked daughter is discovered, Candide is cast out to make his own way in the world.

And so he and his various companions begin a breathless tour of Europe, South America and Asia, as an outrageous series of disasters befall them – earthquakes, syphilis, a brush with the Inquisition, murder – sorely testing the young hero’s optimism.
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Review: Lolita

AuteurIMG_4510Vladimir Nabokov
Titel: Lolita
Genre: Literatuur
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1955
ISBN: 9780141023496
Aantal bladzijden: 361
Gelezen: 5-10 oktober

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta

Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged, fastidious college professor. He also likes little girls. And none more so than Lolita, whom he’ll do anything to possess. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? …Or is he all of these?

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Review: Dubliners


Auteur: James Joyce
Titel: Dubliners
Genre: Literatuur
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1914
ISBN: 9781853260483
Aantal bladzijden: 160
Gelezen: 8 – 20 februari

Living overseas but writing, always, about his native city, Joyce made Dublin unforgettable. The stories in Dubliners show us truants, seducers, gossips, rally-drivers, generous hostesses, corrupt politicians, failing priests, amateur theologians, struggling musicians, mooony adolescents, victims of domestic brutishness, sentimental aunts and poets, patriots earnest or cynical, and people simply striving to get by. in every sense an international figure, Joyce was faithful to his own country by seeing it unflinchingly and challenging every precedent and piety in Irish literature.
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