[Book Review] The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

13614257Title: The War of the Worlds
Author: H. G. Wells
Genre: Fiction, classics, science fiction

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

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: The first Martians land in Woking, Surrey, arriving in large artificial cylinders. A curious group of spectators approach them with a white flag but shockingly, they are incinerated by a Heat-Ray. The Martians then begin to assemble their Fighting Machines; massive three-legged machines that make them near invincible. The humans are powerless and can only attempt to escape alive as the newcomers cause boundless destruction. But, there is one crucial factor the Martians did not consider.

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[Book Review] Maurice by E. M. Forster

coverTitle: Maurice
Author: E. M. Forster
Genre: Fiction, classics, romance, literary fiction, LGBT+

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

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Set in the world of Cambridge undergraduate life during the Edwardian era, we follow Maurice Hall, a privileged young man who is conventional in almost every way – except that he is attracted to his own sex. Gradually, Maurice experiences an emotional and sexual awakening, first through Clive, his friend at Cambridge, and later through Alec, the gamekeeper at Clive’s country estate. This novel explores the repressive attitudes of British society, as well as one man’s journey to self-discovery.

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[Book Review] Hunger by Knut Hamsun

9788205394810Title: Hunger*
Author: Knut Hamsun
Genre: Fiction, classics, literary fiction, psychological

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

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Set at the end of the 19th century, we follow the struggles of a starving young man trying to make it as a writer in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway. On the outside he tries to maintain an image of someone respectable and dignified, his sense of pride is strong, and he works hard to get his work published. However the poverty he lives in, and not to mention the overwhelming hunger he feels on a daily basis, slowly but surely shatters his sense of reality.

I read this in its original language (Norwegian) under the title “Sult”.

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[Book Review] The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe

412buuetmqyl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Title: The Woman in the Dunes
Author: Kōbō Abe
Genre: Fiction, classics, contemporary, existentialism, surrealism

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

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: After journeying out to a remote beach town to study bugs, school teacher and amateur entomologist Jumpei Niki misses his last bus home. The local villagers offer him lodgings at the bottom of a vast sand pit that can only be reached by rope ladder. However, when he tries to leave the next morning it appears the locals plan to keep him captive. His only company is the strange young widow who also lives in the pit, and together they are expected to shovel back the ever-advancing sand that threatens to destroy the village.

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[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

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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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