Tender is the Night, by F Scott Fitzgerald: It was almost as if F. Scott got bored with his own random ramblings and he decided to hurry and finish it up.

If I’ve ever wanted to stop reading a book, it was this one. I hated reading it. The storyline wasn’t *horrible*…it was okay. But Fitzgerald rambled on and on and on about things totally irrelevant to situations throughout the entire book. From paragraph to paragraph, he often skipped forward or backward vast amounts of time. […]

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce: It’s not going to make any sense to someone who does not have the same consciousness!

Okay, maybe it’s just me, but I really really do not like Modernism stream of consciousness. It makes no sense to me. Okay, maybe it would be fun for the author to write something in his stream of consciousness, but honestly it’s not going to make any sense to someone who does not have the […]

To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf: I really didn’t care if they made it to the lighthouse or not.

As the first section to The Sound and The Fury is, this book was a tough read. They’re both stream of conscious classics that have accomplished much (Note: Other writers were experimenting with this style of writing before they were), but, for a contemporary reader like myself, the freshness of that immediacy to thought is […]

The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner: Stories can be told much more simply.

This is flat-out the worst book I have ever read. Read the other reviews on why this book was “good” before reading this review; I’ve written this review to disagree with them. This story confuses you from the start. Faulkner never tells anything about his characters, but instead just names them as they enter the […]

Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad: not Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski’s first language.

English was not Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski’s first language. And my does it show! He clearly cannot write decent English prose. This book is meaningless twaddle and is best consigned to the dustbin. Good on those Amazon reviewers who have had the courage to speak out. For those singing its praises I hear whisperings of […]