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Peace Breaks Out, John Knowles (1981)

But no men got killed by the enemy, not one, on United States soil…They never got here. Do you realize what that saved the American psyche from? 480 more words


Book Review: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Official Synopsis from Goodreads: War and Peace broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men. 690 more words

The Shahnameh by Abolqasem Ferdowsi [A Review]

The Shahnameh, the Persian Book of Kings, is an epic poem composed by Abolqasem Ferdowsi in the late-tenth century, early-eleventh century. It chronicles Persia’s legendary and historical past, through the lives of its kings, from the creation of the world to the seventh-century Arab conquest that brought Islam to Persia. 2,618 more words

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Shakespeare's Use of "Once Upon a Time"

Have you ever thought about the strangeness of the words “once upon a time?”

I recently finished reading Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” and it was amazing. If 418 more words


Anatomy of Melancholy: A Virgil Quote, still stuck on page 156

Burton’s translation:

A term of life is set to every man,
Which is but short, and pass it no one can.

So I drew a little memento mori for you to brighten your day :D  No better way to draw in readership than reminding everyone of the brevity of life, eh? 284 more words

The Anatomy Of Melancholy

Book Review #157 - Orlando, by Virginia Woolf

Hello dear readers!

Here is my review for Orlando, by Virginia Woolf.

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In Need of a Hero: A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov

A Hero of Our Time
Mikhail Lermontov (translated by Martin Parker and Neil Cornwell)
Alma: 217pp.: £4.99 rrp.

We’re accustomed to seeing book jackets and the opening pages adorned with quips and praise by other authors, newspapers and journals, and if you look through any bookshop, you’ll be guaranteed that 70% of those books will be described as the best thing you’ll read all year. 1,890 more words