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 Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake
If Lewis Carroll had ordered Kafka to write the Lord of the Rings, well, something like the Gormenghast series would be born.
Plot: In a castle strange things happen.
Historie d'O by Pauline Reage
Unlike 50 Shades this book captures the very essence of sadomasochism, namely that "The chains [...] that should imprison her deep within herself [...] released her from herself"
Plot: A girl does everything she's commanded to do.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
A man must always fight for something, what for doesn't matter. Just something.
Plot: A family is trying to be better but gets worse.
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Past Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books:
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