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

Point Omega, by Don DeLillo

At face value, this short 117 page novella is about a filmmaker and his hopeful subject (a retired professor and military/government thinker) at the professor's Southern California desert home. This main story arc is nestled between an opening and ending narrative (titled "Anonymity" and "Anonymity 2") that take place in a gallery showing '24 Hour … Continue reading Point Omega, by Don DeLillo

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