Very Short Reviews Of Difficult Books

Ah, classic literary fiction. It can be so wonderful, but at times dense, leaving us wishing for a guide to lead us through the venerable prose. Enter: Italian artist and writer Francesco D'Isa, who reviews the classics in a candid, tongue-in-cheek (and very short) way. We're happy to bring his column, "Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books," to English language readers! Check back here every Wednesday for three new reviews from Francesco.


The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson

The gods will be miserably slaughtered, and even if they know it in advance, they'd rather not to worry about it, as to “not upset their holy peace." In the history of the West, so many works come from Norse mythology.

Plot: The gods of good, the gods of evil and all the men will die. 

Rating: 97 out of 100 

The Confessions of St. Augustine by St. Augustine

Being a saint is difficult, but not so strange: Augustine lived a common life in which he seeks happiness. He explore the world and himself and eventually finds God somewhere — actually, everywhere. 

Plot: The Secret Life of Augustine.

Rating: 96 out of 100 

Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger 

Among some of the best stories ever written, where the characters seem like family friends who tols us stories when we were too young to understand but old enough to feel them. 

Plot: Mostly veterans, writers and adolescents who blather. 

Rating: 96 out of 100


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