Category: Literature

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful. The Mystery of Edwin Drood is Charles Dickens’s last and unfinished novel. It was inspired, supposedly, by Dickens’s brush with death while riding aboard a train with his wife. The train derailed, and Dickens and his… Continue Reading “The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens”

Recommended Reading: Bending Boundaries

What is the heart and soul of literature? What is the purpose of a reading-driven life? I believe people who read a lot, and with variety, are uniquely placed to learn more about the world, its history and its people, and to become more… Continue Reading “Recommended Reading: Bending Boundaries”

Thoughts: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara This is the first formal review I’ve written for Roof Beam Reader in five months, when I reviewed Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven in February. As with that book, I find, this time, that I’m unable to… Continue Reading “Thoughts: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara”

Thoughts: The Moviegoer (1961) by Walker Percy

The Moviegoer (1961) by Walker Percy Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 Nowadays when a person lives somewhere, in a neighborhood, the place is not certified for him. More than likely he will live there sadly and the emptiness which is inside him will… Continue Reading “Thoughts: The Moviegoer (1961) by Walker Percy”

Thoughts: Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen Final Verdict: 3.75 of 4.0 YTD: 47 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) Persuasion is the story of Anne Elliot, the middle-daughter of Sir Walter and Lady Elliot, the latter of whom died fourteen years… Continue Reading “Thoughts: Persuasion by Jane Austen”