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

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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

The world with a question mark – 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

1Q84 - the book* I got so hooked on that I spent late evenings and early mornings reading it. Interestingly, I did not know any single bit about this book before I started reading it ... I was very excited when I received it as Christmas present, but I had no idea about the fascinating story … Continue reading The world with a question mark – 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Leaving everything you love for duty: March by Geraldine Brooks

A few months ago, before going on holiday to Australia, I decided to "prepare" for the trip in a bookish way - by reading books written by Aussie authors. That's how I discovered Geraldine Brooks and her Pulitzer-awarded book "March". Let me begin by explaining why this book is special. You might already be familiar with the … Continue reading Leaving everything you love for duty: March by Geraldine Brooks

About good, evil, and free will: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden is the second book written by the Nobel and Pulitzer winner John Steinbeck that I read, after previously reading the short story The Pearl. Considered by Steinbeck his magnum opus*, East of Eden is a book about family and brotherhood, about good and evil, about jealousy and pride, and about the way history repeats … Continue reading About good, evil, and free will: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Four fiction books I read and I would not recommend

Most books I read fall into two major categories. The first category is the "must reads" - the ones that I feel were totally worth my time, books I recommend enthusiastically and I know others will find them as brilliant as I did. The other category is the "others" - books I would not recommend … Continue reading Four fiction books I read and I would not recommend