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.

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Monkey by Wu Cheng'en

The funniest, scariest book ever written; it's like Dragonball, if Gocku would have beaten Buddha and Lao Tzu instead of Majin Buu and Frieza.

Plot: A monkey gets enlightened beating deities and demons.

Rating: ●●●●○

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

Beauty is a gift that is in itself the worst curse: it doesn't last long. Dorian Grey (and Oscar Wilde) try to preserve it through Art, but even art dies.

Plot: A handsome guy doesn't want to grow old.

Rating: ●●●●○

The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra

An excellent introduction to physics and mysticism, narrated with the naive enthusiasm belonging to the generation that discovered LSD.

Plot: Mysticism and quantum physics completely agree.

Rating: ●●●●○


●○○○○ 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.


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