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.
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger .
A treatise on mysticism mixed with a sitcom, starring two neurotic, smart and extremely American kids. Franny torments herself thus: "Just because I’m choosy about what I want — in this case, enlightenment, or peace, instead of money or prestige or fame or any of those things — doesn’t mean I’m not as egotistical and self-seeking as everybody else.”
Plot: A young girl is sick due to a book (where a Russian guy reads a book).
Rating: 97 out of 100.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The world is filled with violence and horror, and any hope of rebuilding society will be lost soon. McCarthy writes a (beautiful and terrible) story that sounds like an apology letter to a child who is born into a world of shit. The short epilogue leaves a little hope, but it is sadly incomprehensible.
Plot: A father and son are trying to survive after the apocalypse.
Rating: 94 out of 100.
Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C. G. Jung
Jung’s research is certainly interesting, as is his relationship with Freud, his clinical cases, etc. etc. — but the story of his tower is priceless: Gustav exhalts the dream of every kid who plays with Lego® and confirms that the greatest theories are just difficult toys.
Plot: The life of Jung.
Rating: 90 out of 100.
Past Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books:
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