Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Era: Romantic Okay, let’s be completely honest, this isn’t one of the most interesting and engaging books ever written. It is, however, a very iconic piece of literature for many reasons. First, Frankenstein was one of the first true “horror” books ever written in this time period. It focused a lot on legitimate science instead of alchemy, which was different from most books in that era. The introduction of the tabula rasa, or blank slate, is also an interesting idea about how society shapes who we are. Perhaps the most interesting aspect, however, is how this book … Continue reading Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Book Review: Chokher Bali by Rabindranath Tagore

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Genre: Fiction Age Recommended: 14 and up This book was not one that I could finish in one sitting, just because of the sheer density and length of the book. I felt that the author could possibly have gotten the point across in fewer pages, even though the story was unique, and different from most that I have been reading. I felt that the main character is blatantly sexist on multiple occasions, which is probably an accurate reflection of the time period this story is based in. ———————————————————————– Mahendra is a young man who refuses to marry until he … Continue reading Book Review: Chokher Bali by Rabindranath Tagore

Book Review: Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Time period: Realism This is another book that I just finished in English class. I generally would not recommend this book to people who do not like dense reading, although the book isn’t very long. Fathers and Sons was written in 1862, during the realist era, and as such, focuses a lot on science and the different philosophical ideas arising during this time. The books explores nihilist ideals as well as an increased focus on science, which seems to be a recurring theme during this time period. ———————————— Arkady and Bazarov are visiting Arkady’s father … Continue reading Book Review: Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev