The Last Days of Socrates

"The Last Days of Socrates" is a book on the philosophical discussions between Socrates and Plato. It is divided into four sections: "Euthyphro", "The Apology", "Crito", and "Phaedo". Socrates never recorded any of his teachings, so after his conviction and forced suicide, his student, Plato, who was a renown poet in his time, wrote Socrates' words out in the way he had heard them when … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged

"Atlas Shrugged" was published in 1957 by Ayn Rand. It is her fourth and last novel. She considered it to be her magnum opus. It contains romance, science fiction, and mystery. The book also promotes Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. The book is a dystopian story set in the United States. The industrialists reach a point where the tight regulations and taxes imposed by the government … [Read more...]

The Joy Luck Club

"The Joy Luck Club" was published in 1989 and written by Amy Tan. The book follows four women and their daughters. The women emigrated from China and joined together in San Francisco in 1949, to play mah jong. They formed a club they called the Joy Luck Club. At the meetings they gossiped while playing and ate a variety of foods. One of the women, Suyuan Woo designed the Joy Luck Club on … [Read more...]

The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles is a brilliant collection of short stories written by Ray Bradbury and published in 1946. The stories are episodic, telling a dystopian future of expeditions to Mars. With the first expedition, a Martian kills the Captain before he can make contact. Then the second expedition is considered to be a hallucination. The third expedition finds the Martians using their … [Read more...]

The Lord of the Flies

"The Lord of the Flies" is a novel written by William Golding and published in 1954. This novel was Golding's first and was not a huge success at the time of it's release, selling only about 3,000 copies in the United States during it's first year on the market before going out of print. However, the sales picked up later on and it became a best seller before the onset of the 1960's. … [Read more...]

On the River

Guy de Maupassant and Emile Zola are the most famous writers of the French naturalism. Zola even developed the theory of naturalism and he states that it should strive to show nature and human’s temper as they are. Maupassant is said to have loved water since he was a little his and in this work he uses metaphors and personification to describe the river and the sea. This short … [Read more...]

Canzoniere

"Canzoniere" is a book of poems composed out of two parts. Thanks to this work Petrarca, whose name was anglicized as Petrarch, became famous. The whole book of poems is inspired by his great love for Laura. This work served as a patter for other generations of writers. This book doesn’t offer a simple and a classical love story. The writer didn’t keep a journal in verses of the … [Read more...]

Steppenwolf

"Steppenwolf" is a novel by Hermann Hesse, a German author, which was published in 1927. The author writes about a lonely, dissatisfied intellectual Harry Haller and he described his mental state through a battle between his human and wolf side. The novel wasn’t accepted in the beginning and was even banned in the USA because of detail descriptions of drug usage and obscene … [Read more...]

If I Were a Grown-Up

The educational picture book "If I Were a Grown Up" shows us life through children’s eyes. Kids have a hard time understanding the values of good manners and the reasons for which they should behave and listen to their parents. Raising a kid is not an easy job but parents should understand that every order they give their children demands an explanation. If they expect their kids to … [Read more...]

The Story of Doctor Dolittle

"The Story of Doctor Dolittle" is a children’s novel by the English writer Hugh Lofting. The full name of the work is "The Story of Doctor Dolittle, Being the History of His Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts". This novel is the first out of a series of 12 novels about this famous doctor whose uniqueness was his ability to speak to animals. Doctor … [Read more...]