Book Reflection: The Good Soldier

‘Society must go on, I suppose, and society can only exist if the normal, if the virtuous, and the slightly-deceitful flourish, and if the passionate, the headstrong, and the too-truthful are condemned to suicide and to madness.’* Dowell said, ‘This is the saddest story [he has] ever heard.’ and I agree. It is the saddest […]

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Book Reflection: The Outsider

‘But naturally, you can’t always be rational.’ -Albert Camus Many times it is better to do/be one thing rather than the other, but you will be judged against anyway if you do/be so when the society expects you to do/be the other way round. I was at a funeral yesterday and the thought above popped […]

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Jacob’s Room

In a sudden I feel grievous, looking up from page 44 of Jacob’s Room through the rain-strained window to the top of a leafless tree backgrounded by the cloudy sky of December the first. Fresh out of college with a mind full of ideology and ideas, with that body full of strength and energy, young men […]

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Repertoire Op. 3

“He soon began to feel that the fulfilment of his desires had given him no more than a grain of sand from the mountain of happiness he had been expecting.” (Tolstoy, 467) Learning from Vronsky*, Shall we then just run away from society? Perhaps to Lyon, Provence or Annecy? Together just for a few months. […]

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Repertoire Op. 2

Let me not to the marriage of true minds  Admit impediments. Love is not love  Which alters when it alteration finds,  Or bends with the remover to remove.  O no! it is an ever-fixed mark  That looks on tempests and is never shaken;  It is the star to every wand’ring bark,  Whose worth’s unknown, although […]

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Dalloway Chapter 1

The street was strangely empty tonight, thought Dalloway while she was making her way through the path where the story began a few years ago. He was there at the corner at the end of the street waving excitingly at her. She hurried her step and saw that smile which was brighter than the sun […]

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Henry James Should Have Come Back

If Isabel Asher had never come into fortune, would she still choose Gilbert Osmond? If she remained poor, would she reconsider Lord Warburton’s proposal? That once Realist story of the late 19th century sounds not much different from those “heart-first-reason-later” stories of the Romantic period, when discussed in this 21st century in which what a […]

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