Les Miserables

Luckily I was so uninterested in Les Miserables throughout my life that I went in blind. Very rarely do I have the opportunity nowadays to experience anything at this scale without any introduction.  I tend to research anything that comes to my mind, so much so, that I am constantly tunneling through a wonderworld of... Continue Reading →

The Plague – Albert Camus

Reading Albert Camus is a rite of passage into adulthood in France. Or so I read. If life is a journey, then reading Camus is equivalent to embarking on the journey with a cartographic cartoon. A sketch of a smiley face. If the traveler is intrepid he will journey on nevertheless. If he is a settler he will settle. It is a simple and powerful... Continue Reading →

The Stranger – Third Party Life

"Mother died today. Or maybe, yesterday. I can't be sure" Opening sentences that capture the essence of a writing are rare. Camus' opening lines conveys so much meaning to the reader that in all truthfulness a meditation on that sentence would itself provide so much insight into The Stranger. The detachment, so apparent in the... Continue Reading →

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The greatest comedy of human existence is the insignificance of our actions. Milan Kundera's acclaimed work is a profoundly lyrical take on the intersecting layers of fate and free will, emotions and caprice and other opposing vagaries of life. As we follow the characters through their lives what strikes us is the banality of the decisions that have... Continue Reading →

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