[Book Review] The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

25716554Title: The Master and Margarita
Author: Mikhail Bulgakov
Genre: Fiction, classics, satire, magical realism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: One summer afternoon in 1930s Moscow, the Devil enters the city with his infernal entourage. They wreak havoc by targeting the literary elite and its corrupt trade union. Meanwhile, in a parallel story set in ancient Jerusalem, we follow Pontius Pilate’s trial and execution of Yeshua Ha-Nozri. Together, these two distinct but interwoven storylines present a satire of Soviet society.

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[Book Review] Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

51eiv8gjkol-_sx327_bo1204203200_Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Genre: Fiction, science fiction, dystopian, classics

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: In a post-literate world, Guy Montag works as a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are considered the source of unhappiness and therefore forbidden. Dissidents who defy society by preserving and reading books are tracked down by helicopters and the Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department. Still, Montag is unhappy. His marriage is cold, distant, failing – and there might be books hidden in his house.

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[Book Review] Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

27823798Title: Rebecca
Author: Daphne du Maurier
Genre: Fiction, classics, mystery, gothic, romance

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: While on holiday in Monte Carlo, a young woman working as a lady’s maid meets the wealthy and 20 years older widower Maxim de Winter. Their meeting leads to a sudden marriage proposal and, after their wedding and honeymoon, she goes to live with him at his beautiful country estate Manderley in Cornwall. However, the memory of Maxim’s late wife Rebecca dominates the house, the staff, the visitors, and soon also the new Mrs. de Winter. Though dead for almost a year, Rebecca’s lingering presence threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

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[Book Review] Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

41fksy-1uil-_sx324_bo1204203200_Title: Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley
Genre: Fiction, horror, gothic, science fiction, classics

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Victor Frankenstein is a young and ambitious scientist who becomes obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life. In an unorthodox experiment, he successfully assembles and brings to life a human being from stolen body parts, but he finds the giant creature so hideous and terrifying that he immediately rejects it. Isolated and lonely, the once innocent creature turns evil and sets out to take revenge on Frankenstein, his creator.

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[Book Review] Silence by Shūsaku Endō

41yiu5tgxgl-_sx328_bo1204203200_Title: Silence
Author: Shūsaku Endō
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction, religion, classics

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: In the 1640s, Father Rodrigues, a Portuguese Jesuit priest, sets sail for Japan. His mission is to help the oppressed Japanese Christians and to find out whether or not his mentor Ferreira has renounced his faith, as the rumors claim. Rodrigues soon experiences the harsh reality of religious persecution firsthand, and as his suffering increases he is forced to make an impossible choice: abandon his flock or abandon his God.

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[Book Review] The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

51mw5yfmqxl-_sx324_bo1204203200_Title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, classics, speculative fiction, dystopian

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My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: In the not so distant future, the former America has become the oppressive Republic of Gilead. Before Gilead, Offred led a normal, happy life together with her husband, her daughter, and her job – and she even still had her own name. Now, in an age of declining births, she is a Handmaid, a woman who is only valued because she is fertile. She has been stripped of her rights, her identity, and her body, and is only there to provide a child for her Commander and his infertile wife. If she fails to give birth or dissents in any way, she will be shipped off to the Colonies, a wasteland permeated by radioactive toxins, or hanged at the Wall.

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[Book Review] Stoner by John Williams

41wfrlottzl-_sx323_bo1204203200_1Title: Stoner
Author: John Williams
Genre: Fiction, academic novel, classics

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★☆

Summary: At the end of the 19th century, William Stoner is born into a poor Missouri farmer family. He is sent to the university to study agriculture, but later changes focus completely and ends up studying literature instead. He becomes a teacher and later an English professor, but he keeps encountering big disappointments throughout his life – he is estranged from his parents and his background, his career is hindered, his marriage is cold and emotionless, and an affair nearly causes a scandal. The novel follows Stoner’s life through his undistinguished career and failing family life, but also through his love for literature.

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