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20,000 leagues under the sea by Jules Verne

I read a simplified version of this book in primary school and absolutely loved it. This time I read the English translation of the full version French edition, and I’m not as enthusiastic. The full book is still an interesting and entertaining read, but it is overloaded with details – long lists of fish and other animals monsieur Arronax observes down in the ocean that go on and on. They are perhaps one of the things that make this book so interesting a hundred and fifty years later, but bored me.

Letters to a young contrarian by Christopher Hitchens

Entertaining read on independent thinking and the necessity of noncomformity. Perhaps a bit short, but witty and well written.

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Beautiful book about homosexual love and Catholicism in a time gone by.

A Collection of Essays by George Orwell

A fine collection of essays, including some of my all time favorites –  “Why I Write”, “Politics and the English language” and “Reflections on Gandhi”.  I found myself violently agreeing about Dickens. Some of the essays are hard to relate to – I haven’t read any Kipling yet, seen any postcards by Donald McGill or consumed any Boys’ Weeklies – but Orwell provides a reasonable amount of context, and the essays were still worth reading. “England Your England” is overly patriotic – not surprising considering the circumstances in which it was written – and meek; disappointing.


Written by aristillus

September 1, 2012 at 23:05

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