The Advent of Bureaucratic Totalitarianism Juxtaposed with an Existential Tale

"After all, they're discussing things they don't understand. Their confidence is based solely on ignorance. A few words spoken with someone of my own sort will make everything incomparably clearer than the longest conversations with these two." - Franz Kafka, The Trial Dystopian literature is everywhere. Be it George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four or Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, tales of completely unpleasant, …

Where the West Meets the East Amid Love, War, and Adventure

"Patience is very important. The strong are the patient ones, Anjin-san. Patience means holding back your inclination to the seven emotions: hate, adoration, joy, anxiety, anger, grief, fear. If you don't give way to the seven, you're patient, then you'll soon understand all manner of things and be in harmony with Eternity.” - James Clavell, Shogun  …

Short, Sweet, Serious, Humorous — and Everything in Between

"Juror #8: It's also possible for a lawyer to be plain stupid, isn't it? I mean it's possible. Juror #7: You sound like you met my brother-in-law." -Reginald Rose, Twelve Angry Men Let me be frank when I say that Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose, while weighing merely 73 pages, is one of the most compact books …

One of Dickens’s Greatest

"We need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are ... overlying our hard hearts." -Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Although Dickens was a prolific writer throughout his life and produced some of English literature's most beloved novels, Great Expectations is arguably the greatest of Dickens's works simply because it gives a solid survey of Dickens's literary trademarks: biting …

The Most Symbolically Rich Novel Ever Written

“The greatest ideas are the simplest.” -William Golding, Lord of the Flies The review title speaks for itself. Lord of the Flies is simply the most symbolically rich novel ever written. Each element -- whether a character, object, or phenomenon -- has an allegorical meaning. However, among all this, the main theme isn't lost -- if anything, …