Ivo Andrić – The Damned Yard | Review

71fs06pn4ql-_sx310_bo1204203200_The Damned Yard, or Prokleta Avlija originally is a short book by Ivo Andrić, the literature Nobelist. I definitely wasn’t very excited when I saw this book on my school reading list. I never quite liked the concept of Andrić and found his work dull.

Needless to say, I was surprised when I really liked this short book. It was very gripping and filled with the most interesting stories of ordinary and nothing but ordinary people. I almost screamed when I stumbled upon one of my all-time favorite topics – The Borgias. The writing was exquisite and luxurious. I couldn’t stop reading and ended up finishing the book in less than 30 minutes.

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Albert Camus – The Stranger | Review

thestrangerThe Stranger is a novel by Albert Camus. It presents an interesting character named Meursault. When we first meet him, his mother has just passed away and he must travel to attend the funeral. We can immediately see he is quite strange. He does not seem one bit shaken by his mother’s death. He is very indifferent and that becomes more and more pronounced throughout the novel.

The novel is divided into two sections. In the first half, we get a glimpse into his dull life, where he is free to do as he pleases which is most of the time nothing because he cares about nothing. We are introduced to Marie, his lover/fiance, his neighbors Salamano and Raymond, and also some people he comes across who will change the course of his life.
The second half revolves around his imprisonment and there is almost no dialogue since it is all about his thoughts on life and its meaning.

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Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and Margarita | Review

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The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is a book I will most definitely remember. But I will not remember it for its influence over me or how good it was. It was simply bizarre, and I believe that is the reason it is so well-known and perhaps even why it is often listed as a must-read book.

The Master and Margarita follows a complex story surrounding many characters who end up connected in the most unexpected ways. It is not always believable and it mostly felt quite pushed and unnatural.
I felt many scenes were very fast paced and therefore unfinished. I truly wanted to know more about the characters, but they just were not introduced. We got to know just some of the most basic or even trivial facts about the main characters and nothing else. Also, I found the book quite repetitive. It was quite rushed, and I almost felt as if the epilogue was unnecessary.

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Henrik Ibsen – A Doll’s House or Nora | Review

doll-s_house_posterA Doll’s House or Nora is a story of a woman named Nora and her husband Torvald Helmer. It explains how this young woman after eight years of marriage starts to discover herself through many events.

I didn’t love the book, but it was one of the better classics I have read.

I read it in less than 20 minutes and found it very easily read, also, the characters were very life-like and believable.

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