Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Picture of Dorian Gray--Oscar Wilde

  •                          Pub. Date: June 2003
  •                          Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  •                          Format: Paperback , 288pp
  •                          ISBN-13: 9781593080259 
  •                          Genre:  Gothic Fiction        
A Portrait of Dorian Gray was the only novel written by Oscar Wilde.  It was originally published in 1890.  

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

We by Zamyatin

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library (July 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812974621
  • Language: Russian (originally)
  • Genre(s): Dystopian Novel, Science Fiction
This novel was originally written by Zamyatin during 1920-1921, and paints an interesting picture of a dystopian totalitarian state. The tale itself centers around D-503, a cipher of the One State, and is written in almost a journal entry style.

The One State, a world where buildings are created of glass and the Guardians/Spies can watch every ciphers movement and behaviors. Daily life is regimented by a time table that clearly lays out how each Cipher is to expend their time in the most efficient way and is the most beneficial to the one state. D-503, as stated previously, is a cipher of the One State. He is a mathematician who is working on building the Integral, a spaceship designed to help the One State conquer the universe. The book is actually a record that he plans to send along inside the Integral during it's maiden voyage. During the course of the novel he becomes entangled with a female cipher who he develops an obsessiveness for and may or may not be his undoing.

I found the novel to be a quiet enjoyable read and rather intriguing, but as I have stated before I enjoy dystopian literature. Although at times the novel seemed a bit dry and the ending seemed a little forced and possibly even quite predictable I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Orwell's 1984.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Windup Girl and next read

This is just a quick update, finished the WindUp girl on the 1st and started to type up the post.. That should hopefully be up by tomorrow. The next read is actually from the 1001 books to read before you die list and a selection for the shelfari group dedicated to that list. The book is We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.

If I get to read like I want to I should have this and Dorian Grey finished by the end of this week along with the posts related to them.

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