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The best novels reviewd by the great literary critics of our time!

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 5: Writter Michel Houellebecq is photographed for Self Assignment on September 5, 2014 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Nicolas guerin/Getty Images)

Michel Houellebecq – Casually Provocative

No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue

No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure.  Read More →

Latest Novel reviews

The Map and the Territory
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Michel Houellebecq (2010)

Michel Houellebecq’s new novel is a weird air plant of a book:

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The Piano Teacher
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Elfriede Jelinek (1983)

In her avowedly autobiographical novel The Piano Teacher

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FROST
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Thomas Bernhard (1963)

Among 20th-century purveyors of gloom — think of Beckett, say, or Philip Larkin

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Greed
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Elfriede Jelinek (2000)

Philip Roth says the novel is dead, but it would be more accurate to say

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The Rings of Saturn
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W. G. Sebald (1995)

In the spring of 2001, I received a postcard in the mail. On the front was

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Platform
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Michel Houellebecq (2001)

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian

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Ulysses
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James Joyce (1922)

One small scene from the annals of heroic modernism is the moment when, in the winter

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Roberto Bolano (2004)

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Short Story Masters

Short Story juwels reviewd by the great literary critics of our time!

Latest Short Story books

The collected stories
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Lorrie Moore (2008)

Since the publication of Self-Help, her first collection of stories,

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That Glimpse of Truth
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David Miller (2014)

I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was

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Runaway
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Alice Munro (2004)

Alice Munro is now in her mid-70s, and her gaze, always marvellously

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Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?
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Raymond Carver (1976)

The copy warned the Little Blind Text, that where it came from it would have

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This Isn’t the Sort of Thing …
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Jon McGregor (2012)

In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing

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Who Do You Think You Are?
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Alice Munro (1978)

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under

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Dubliners
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(1914)

I don’t know why we did Dubliners when we did. We were 12, some

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Selected Stories
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(1892)

The canonised writers of the past have a tendency to assume a fixed expression

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Alice Munro

Alice Munro was an American Modernist poet. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, educated at Harvard and then New York Law School, and he spent most of his life working as an executive for an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut.

Born in Canada in 1931, writer Alice Munro, primarily known for her short stories, attended the University of Western Ontario. Her first collection of stories was published as Dance of the Happy Shades. In 2009, Munro won the Man Booker International Prize. That same year, she published the short-story collection Too Much Happiness. In 2013, at age 82, Munro was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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The Great Poets of the World

The best novels reviewd by the great literary critics of our time!

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W.H. Auden

How should we like it were stars to burn
With a passion for us we could not return?
If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.

Were all stars to disappear or die,
I should learn to look at an empty sky
And feel its total dark sublime,
Though this might take me a little time.

Wystan Hugh Auden was born in York, England, on February 21, 1907. He moved to Birmingham during childhood and was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. As a young man he was influenced by the poetry of Thomas Hardy and Robert Frost, as well as William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Old English verse. At Oxford his precocity as a poet was immediately apparent, and he formed lifelong friendships with two fellow writers, Spender and Isherwood. Read More →

Latest Poetry Books

The Bell Jar
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Sylvia Plath (1942)

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia

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The Orators
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W.H. Auden (1960)

His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him,

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Love Poems
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Pablo Neruda (1955)

Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an

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Poems
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Elizabeth Bishop (1969)

During her lifetime, poet Elizabeth Bishop was a respected yet somewhat obscure figure

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The Divine Comedy
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Dante Alighieri

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul

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Crossing The Water
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Sylvia Plath (1950)

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found

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Selected Poems
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Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955 )

Stevens was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on October 2, 1879,

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Poems, Prose, and Letters
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(2008)

James Merrill described Elizabeth Bishop’s poems as “more wryly radiant, more touching

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