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.
Short Stories by H.P. Lovecraft.
If every rational man had an unshakable, irrational faith, Lovecraft's faith would be in the truth that comes from dreams.
Plot: There are gods and there are the other gods, even worse.
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
If sleep produces monsters, then dreams are a wonderful, yet logical delirium.
Plot: Alice goes to Wonderland.
One Day This Pain Will Be Useful To You by Peter Cameron
How would going to a psychologist and being surrounded by educated, good and rich people affect young Holden? Like this: more boring and more realistic.
Plot: A difficult teenager is difficult.
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●●○○○ 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?