Life in the Annex during German occupation: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Every single time I visited Amsterdam there was an impressively long queue at the Anne Frank House, where Anne and other 7 Jewish people hid for 2 years from German soldiers during WWII. And I was always wondering why wait for so many hours just to visit a museum? Well, after reading "The Diary of … Continue reading Life in the Annex during German occupation: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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A dystopian story about fate and friendship: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Let me start with this: "Never Let Me Go" is one of the best books I've ever read. Maybe this is why it was so difficult for me to write this review and find the right balance between showing my excitement and not spoiling your future reading experience. It's funny now when I think that I … Continue reading A dystopian story about fate and friendship: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Kimonos and a life-changing discovery: The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata

Earlier this year I published a list of recommendations of books written by Japanese authors, list suggested by a very knowledgeable friend. At that point I found out about "The Old Capital" by Kawabata, a novel published in 1962. It was one of the books cited by the Nobel Committee in their decision to award Kawabata the 1968 Prize … Continue reading Kimonos and a life-changing discovery: The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata

When truth is stranger than fiction: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to a new book review on Readers' High Tea! This post is about "The Prague Cemetery" by Umberto Eco, a book recommended to me by a close friend. This was my second read by Umberto Eco, as I previously read "The Name of the Rose" and I enjoyed it a … Continue reading When truth is stranger than fiction: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

A teaching novel about an intellectual rebel: The Spinoza Problem by Irvin D. Yalom

Not long ago I was sharing with you my thoughts about "When Nietzsche Wept" by Irvin D. Yalom. Through a series of fortunate events (you can call it serendipity) I started reading another book written by the same author: "The Spinoza Problem". Oh, how much I enjoyed it and I also started to appreciate "When Nietzsche … Continue reading A teaching novel about an intellectual rebel: The Spinoza Problem by Irvin D. Yalom

Reflecting on one’s own life while preparing a party: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

For a long time I've been interested in reading a book by Virginia Woolf. However, I became more aware of her literary importance after taking the online course "How to read a novel", where her novels were mentioned during discussions about flashbacks / flash-forwards and pace. That's how I found out that she is most … Continue reading Reflecting on one’s own life while preparing a party: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

A teaching novel on psychotherapy: When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom

What approach do you take before reading a book? Do you do a research on the story, or you just start reading the book without any prior information? As I personally prefer the latter option, I started reading "When Nietzsche Wept" without having any idea what it was about ... The enthusiastic recommendation of my friend … Continue reading A teaching novel on psychotherapy: When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom