Book Review: Seize The Day // Saul Bellow

Seize The Day (1956) follows a desperate day in the life of Wilhelm Adler, or Tommy Wilhelm, as he prefers to be called. Financially ruined yet forced to pay alimony to his wife from whom he is separated, and now living in the Gloriana Hotel along with his father, who views him as a failure, […]Read More

Book Review: Shosha // Isaac Bashevis Singer

Set in Warsaw in the years leading up to the Second World War, Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Shosha is a captivating tale of love in times of great danger and uncertainty. The protagonist, Aaron Greidinger, is a struggling Jewish writer with aspirations of creating a masterpiece. He writes in Yiddish, which isn’t widely spoken in the […]Read More

Book Review: Ticket to Ride // Dennis Potter

Imagine sitting on a train bound for London when you suddenly lose your memory. This is what seems to happen to John. I say seems, as little in Dennis Potter’s psychological thriller Ticket to Ride is exactly how it appears on the surface. Odd fragments from John’s past float in and out of his disoriented […]Read More

Book Review: Winesburg, Ohio // Sherwood Anderson

Sherwood Anderson’s book of short stories begins with an old writer thinking of the people he has known throughout his life. Particularly ingrained in his mind are the ‘grotesques’ of Winesburg, the small fictional town in Ohio that serves as the setting for each story. The writer is George Willard, who as a young man […]Read More

Book Review: The Tenants // Bernard Malamud

Harry Lesser just wants to finish his book. He’s been working on it for ten years, and it’s stripped him of a social life. He scarcely ventures beyond his flat in New York, so the outside world exists only in his mind and on the pages he writes. He is frequently pestered by his landlord, […]Read More