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.
Trilogy of the City of K by Agota Kristof
Inside or outside, true or false, it doesn't matter: hell exists and it's in this book.
Plot: One horror and lie after another.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Somewhere there's someone who loves like us, lives worse than us and dies for us; an Anglo-Japanese science fiction tale which coincides with our daily reality.
Plot: In a college people are raised for transplanting organs.
Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar
Some experiments of the '60s were pretty ridiculous. If I can't stand the two protagonists after 50 pages, to be asked to re-read the chapters in a different order is really too much.
Plot: Two guys fall in love (up to page 50).
●○○○○ Life is too short to read it.
●●○○○ Read it, if you're a fan of the author.
●●●○○ Read it.
●●●●○ Read it next.
●●●●● Read it now.
Past Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books:
Ready to add some old school titles to your reading list? Check back next week for some more Very Short Reviews of Difficult books, and in the meantime, why not catch up on some lighter fare on our Everything Romance page?