Let’s Talk About: Chess Story by Stefan Zweig

Contains spoilers.  This was the last story in the collection I bought, and saving it for last was such a good idea, despite the fact that this was the story I wanted to read the most. This is was the story which made me interested in Stefan Zweig's work and the reason I picked up …

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Let’s Talk About: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Contains spoilers.  To start, I cannot remember a time when a book has made me both upset and uncomfortable and yet given it a 4-star rating because it really is very excellent. If I wasn't in a better place when I started this book, I wouldn't have read it. If you're in a low place …

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Let’s Talk About: Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman by Stefan Zweig

Contains spoilers.  Now that I've read my first novella by Stefan Zweig after reading two of his short stories, I can safely say that I'm really interested in his work and I'd love to read more of it. His stories that I've read have this really fascinating psychological bent to them that just speaks to …

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Murder Mystery Drama: The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie

Title: The Murder on the Links Author: Agatha Christie Series: Hercule Poirot Mysteries (Book #2) Rating: 4/5 stars Links: Goodreads|Standard Ebooks Synopsis: Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is summoned to France after receiving a distressing letter with a urgent cry for help. Upon his arrival in Merlinville-sur-Mer, the investigator finds the man who penned the letter, …

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Two Short Stories by Stefan Zweig: The Invisible Collection and Incident on Lake Geneva

Contains spoilers. One day, when I had left my Kindle at home, I decided to go to a bookstore and picked up a collection of two short stories and two novellas by Stefan Zweig. Since one of the novellas (Chess Story or A Game of Chess in this collection) was already on my buy list, …

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A Biting Satire of ‘Post-Racial’ America: The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Title: The Sellout Author: Paul Beatty Rating: 4.5/5 stars Links: Goodreads|Amazon Synopsis: A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States …

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Life in a Labor Camp: One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Contains spoilers. This is one of those books you can't talk about without touching on the author's background so as a brief background, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was imprisoned in a Soviet labor camp in Siberia, also known as a gulag for criticizing Stalin and was freed due to Nikita Khrushchev's reforms. One Day In The Life …

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