The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro

I loved this book. I felt like a real English butler was speaking to me. I became so engrossed in his world and felt the longing/suffering that was so eloquently and subtly heartbreaking at the end. Stevens is a character I won't soon forget. Book 36/52


Zeno’s Conscience, by Italo Svevo

Written in 1923 by Italian author Italo Svevo, Zeno's Conscience is a wonderful modernist novel. It is a rather engaging and meandering story of psychological insight, and starts out about a man trying to quit smoking while keeping a journal of his thoughts for his psychoanalyst. The first 20 pages are Zeno's humorous ramblings about … Continue reading Zeno’s Conscience, by Italo Svevo

Bruges-La-Morte, by Georges Rodenbach

This was a fascinating little Gothic novel, ripe with eerie poetic melancholy and described as "the" Symbolist novel. It tells the tale of a widower (Hughes) who moves to Bruges after his young wife's death only to become enchanted and obsessed with a young dancer (Jane) who resembles his dead wife: "So complete was his … Continue reading Bruges-La-Morte, by Georges Rodenbach

Frenchman’s Creek, by Daphne du Maurier

This book was an unexpected surprise. I was immediately aware that the certain gothic/creepy tone usually present at the start of the two other du Maurier novels I've read was this time missing. This novel was quite unlike the dark romance of Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel but was nevertheless an amazing story... and now one … Continue reading Frenchman’s Creek, by Daphne du Maurier