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 Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
If Europe had a nightmare and someone could write it down faithfully, he/she would write this poem.
Plot: Humanity is fu****d.
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gatsby is alone, falls in love to not be alone anymore and becomes rich to get the absolute love. He will fail, because he can't succeed, but in great style.
Plot: Gatsby is great.
The Shadow Line by Josef Conrad
While we're young many things surprise and outrage us, because we're still "too close to the side of the shadow line"; then we pass it and we get a little strength at the cost of a lot of sadness.
Plot: The protagonist gets older.
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●●●●○ Read it next.
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