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Rabbit, Run – John Updike

Beginning with a kid's back-alley basketball game, Updike's novel, 'Rabbit, Run', lures the reader in by foreshadowing the deeper events to come later. The game is interrupted by an 'odd adult', 26 year old Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom - our (anti-?) hero. Even here, on...

Stoner – John Williams

“In the University library he wandered through the stacks, among the thousands of books, inhaling the musty odor of leather, cloth, and drying page as if it were an exotic incense.” Although I thought I was 50 years late to reading (and writing a review of) Stoner...

The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro

More to this tale then meets the eye... Kazuo Ishiguro has been receiving mixed reviews for his first published work in ten years, The Buried Giant. A highly anticipated arrival onto the book market, due in part to the length between releases, but mainly because of...

Camus

Albert Camus - The Stranger Tl; dr - (Then read the book instead, you won't regret it.) In The Stranger Camus uses imagery of nature in an otherwise simply worded text to ultimately express the absurdity of the human condition, and the over-powering steadfastness of...

Percy Shelley – Hellas (1822)

"Worlds on worlds are rolling ever From creation to decay, Like the bubbles on a river Sparkling, bursting, borne away." - Percy Bysshe Shelley (from Hellas, 1822) Percy Shelley was a non-violent vegetarian... Good man! I found this stanza quoted by Bertrand Russell...

The Complexity of Learning

"...learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do." - Umberto Eco, via Brother William of Baskerville. 'The Name of The Rose' Thus ends the 'First Day' of this week long murder...

Always Books began as an Instagram profile to document the books which I had read during my Comparative Literature degree. The photos were all of the books I had read, or I was currently reading – I decided to also find a place to get down some of my thoughts about some of these books too, and so this blog was born…

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Always Books began as an Instagram profile to document the books which I had read during my Comparative Literature degree. The photos were all of the books I had read, or I was currently reading - I decided to also find a place to get down some of my thoughts about some of these books too, and so this blog was born...