Review: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Classical Fiction, Romance, Gothic

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It is so difficult to rate and review this book. It took me months to go through the first 300 pages (my edition has 656 pages), as the story of Jane’s childhood is deeply bleak, depressing and full of fury. Jane loses both her parents very early, and was taken up by her uncle as a daughter. But once he dies, his wife and children mistreat Jane to any extents they can – even locking her up in a room for hours despite her screams of fear. This causes a deep trauma in Jane, who later on is sent to a charity school.  Continue reading

Review: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby Scott FItzgerald

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Classic fiction

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Trying to review a classic is always a dramatic thing: the book normally becomes a classic when a lot of high schoolers have dissected the text a bunch of times and are sick of it. Reviewing The Great Gatsby required me to watch the Leonardo DiCaprio movie (what a terrible sacrifice) and read analyses and reviews online to help structure my thoughts.

The Great Gatsby is two stories in one: the story of Gatsby and Daisy’s love affair during the roaring twenties, told through the eyes of Nick, and also the story of the decaying American Dream. Continue reading

Review: The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Classic Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Alternate History

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“Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

The Handmaid’s Tale is a speculative fiction about what would happen to the world and human rights if religious extremists took over. It’s told through the eyes of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. Her sole purpose is to breed – she is sent to the house of a Commander to generate a child by him. Women are no longer allowed to read, to hold jobs, to own things. But Offred remembers life before that, her family, her job, her financial independence, her easy access to knowledge. Continue reading

Review: Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World Huxley

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Classic Fiction

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This is one of the most well-loved classics of all time, and most people I follow on Goodreads gave either 4 or 5 stars to it, and it belongs in many people’s Favorites shelves. Many people have actually recommended it to me (Hi, Bia!), but I should have listened to my boyfriend when he said that, although he had really enjoyed the book, I wouldn’t like it all that much. So hold tight, this might be a rant-view. I’ve held back from making my points too long, but still it’s quite an epic rant. Continue reading