Book reviews for the classic’s category

Book reviews for the classics category available in various formats including audio books and eBooks for PC, Kindle, CD download and more.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Herman Melville is one of the great figures of American literature, even if the vast majority of Americans have never read his work, or, if they have, might have been assigned his famous short story “Bartleby, the Scrivener” as part of a literature survey in high school or college, and probably, don’t remember reading it. Moby Dick, easily his most well-known work, is widely seen as a monstrosity whose ferociousness rivals that of the white whale himself. While “Call me Ishmael” is probably one of the most recognizable first lines of all time, few people who can quote that line have read any of the words that follow after it. It’s a book that many people buy, or tell themselves that they might read someday, but because of it’s very left, more often than not is only used as a paperweight.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Seeing Baz Luhrmann’s recent spectacularly gorgeous and pyrotechnic cinematic adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby made many people, including me, curious to return to the source of his inspiration.
Luhrmann is a master of sparkle and spectacle, and the film masterfully captured the prohibition era glitz so memorably fetishized by Nick, The Great Gatsby’s narrator, and conflicted protagonist, and received wonderful performances from the academy award winning actors whom he cast in the film. But where his adaptation failed, for me at least, was at capturing the sadness and deep emotional conflict at the book’s core.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

It’s amazing how many people never read some of the books that are considered the ‘classics’ of literature. I was among them until I finally made the decision to read Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I am not sure why I didn’t

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Set in the deep South of America, it is one-off the most loved stories of all time. The original novel was published in 1960 and won the Pulitzer prize. It sold over 30 million copies all over the world, translated into over 40 languages and was made into an immensely

The Art of War by Sun Tsu

The Art of War by Sun Tsu

With the rise of China on the world scene (and certainly in the news), there could hardly be a more timely read than Sun Tsu’s The Art of War. More than 2 millennia have passed since the treatise on strategic battle was written yet it remains a must read for Chinese and Westerners, especially those seeking to maneuver the treacherous

Audio book The Pilgrims Progress

Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim’s Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian’s journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorized religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written [...]

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