Book Review: Candide by Voltaire

François-Marie Arouet, known by his pen name Voltaire, was a French writer and philosopher in the Enlightenment period of 1685 – 1815. He often wrote satirical novels and plays that criticized contemporary social institutions and religious intolerance. His signature work Candide, or Optimism, follows the story of a naïve young man that experiences a series… Continue reading Book Review: Candide by Voltaire

Book Review: Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

This was my first Dostoevsky ever! I adore his writing and laughed out loud several times (“haha I do that!”). Darkly funny, strangely introspective and painfully relatable. As bitter and pathetic as the underground man undeniably is, it’s startling how many similarities we share (which honestly is now making me question whether that means I’m bitter and pathetic... hm)… Continue reading Book Review: Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Book Review: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

This is a very important book with a very important message. As children we study the history of wars in school, we dissect and examine the extensive and cruel horrors that humans have subjected each other to. We ask questions like "what were the main causes of this war?" and "what important factors led up to that particular… Continue reading Book Review: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Book Review: Reveries of a Solitary Walker by Jean-Jacque Rousseau

I am now alone on earth, no longer having any brother, neighbor, friend, or society other than myself. It's pretty hard for me to review this book, given that I... don't actually know how I feel about it. As a work of literature, it's quite interesting and was probably very novel in its time. Rousseau… Continue reading Book Review: Reveries of a Solitary Walker by Jean-Jacque Rousseau

Book Review: The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus

“There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental questions of philosophy.”I think that to most healthy individuals, the notion of resorting to suicide can be inconceivable. Humans are biological organisms like any other: evolutionarily geared towards survival,… Continue reading Book Review: The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus

Book Review: A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft

"Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience." Feminism is always a complicated topic to write about, because I've seen its focal elements vary by the contexts they're applied to. In the West, the third wave of feminism tends to focus a lot on body politics, sexual… Continue reading Book Review: A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft

Book Review: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brönte

(Possibly my favourite book... ever written.) "You teach me now how cruel you've been - cruel and false. Why did you despise me? Why did you betray your own heart, Cathy? I have not one word of comfort. You deserve this. You have killed yourself. Yes, you may kiss me, and cry; and wring out… Continue reading Book Review: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brönte

Book Review: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Beauty is rarely soft or consolatory. Quite the contrary. Genuine beauty is always quite alarming. Ah, The Secret History by Donna Tartt is it: the ultimate dark academia novel. The kind of book that will leave you dreaming of looming library halls, ink-stained hands, sleeplessness and black coffee. The novel that popularized the dark academia… Continue reading Book Review: The Secret History by Donna Tartt