Dostoyevsky left no place for laughter in his novel. His message, among many, is clear: Actions have consequences. And some consequences can drag you into the unimaginable depths of hell.
Malek paints a rich picture of Syria through the generations, expertly weaving historical information into her narratives while balancing it with personal stories of the women who came before her.
“Much of what is discussed in this book boils down to the complex relationship between those suffering from a mental illness and a society that can’t understand what they are going through.”
The quintessential novel of the 1960s that most people have never heard of, Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me, is a seminal work of counterculture fiction, and required reading for anyone seriously interested in the Summer of Love.
If you’re looking for a fun, breezy way to brush up on your Shakespeare before exams roll around, don’t bother dusting off that old Coles Notes pamphlet that’s stashed under your bed. Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed has got you covered.
Packed with quirky characters, eccentric humour, and plenty of pop culture references, this 1990s cult novel reads like The Omen mixed with Monty Python.
The memoir opens with Noah describing how he was “born a crime,” by which he means that he was the illegal result of an apartheid law that prohibited any sexual relationships between black and white people—a crime his parents had to publicly hide.
All in all, it’s an enlightening read that highlights how freedom in Western countries is often taken for granted.
Vance believes that his success in life shouldn’t be seen as particularly remarkable. Instead, as he puts it, “I’ve achieved something quite ordinary, which doesn’t happen to most kids who grow up like me.”
Even though Orwell imagined the novel as a “what-if” scenario, a threat like massive government surveillance and censorship is still a reality for people living in certain parts of the world.