"Pub. 1838. Very good book and a classic. The setting is in London and tells the story of a supposedly orphan boy and the life of street children. There is a happy ending off course, but not for everyone."
"Pub. 1844. This is my favorite book. It's length (1300+ pages) was not a problem because the story was so engaging. Dante is cheated out of a happy life by jealousy. He loses his freedom and love. But revenge is a dish best served cold; cold and calculating in this case."
"Pub. 1749. This is simply a wonderful book. Tom is unruly, wild but very kind. His brother is proper but cruel. Often people have trouble seem more below the surface. When Tom believes his won't have his one true love, well he departs home and goes on some wild adventures. Luckily his girl is not so naive. Must read!"
"Pub. 1862. All that can be said, has been said. It is truly worth the time and effort. There are many chapters full of references to things, places, and people of the time that are presented in a rapid-fire way which you simply have to work your way through. These chapters provide the context for the story of the characters."
"Pub. 1966. The fictional autobiography of an American and a Nazi propaganda broadcaster, written as he stands for war crimes trial in a prison in Jerusalem. Just like his victims, Howard W. Campbell Jr. loses everything."
"Pub. 1880. A story about a dysfunctional family of three brothers and a father in a Russian town which leads to one person being murdered followed by a trial. I have to admit but this book was a real chore to read because I didn't identify with a single character in this book, most of whom talk too much nonsense. Maybe it's the translation."
"Pub. 1939. An amazingly vivid story about one family's migration to California during the Dust Bowl years. But this is more than about one event. One cannot escape the suffering that people must endure, but there is also joy of being connected to other people, giving and accepting help."
"Pub. 1942. A true gem. A biography about a very unique woman that grew up in Kenya during the early to mid 1900. There are many vivid description of life in Africa, raising and racing horses, flying, and hunting. This book feels more like a novel, not a biography."
"Pub. 1932. A tale about a post apocalyptic futuristic world where the people had it with their old ways, well most of them. In this caste based world, humans are engineered and mass produced to server specific needs. Privacy, marriage, love, and parenthood have all been abolished. Highly recommended."
"Pub. 1951. Siddhartha, the son of a Brahmin, goes on his own journey in search of enlightenment, similar to Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha). His experiences give him a taste of both poverty and wealth. But even in wealth he does not seek to acquire, only to understand. A lifetime's journey, but he does reach his goal at the end."
"Pub. 1949. Winston lives on Oceania, one of the three super states in the world. Nearly every aspect of Winston's life is watched by Big Brother who can make him disappear at any moment. Yet, he manages to find some truth and even love. But Big brother cannot be underestimated."
"Pub. 2008. A European visitor to the court of the emperor Akbar claims to be his relative born to an exiled Indian princess and a Florentine. This book has eroticism, histories of the Ottoman and Mughal empires, the Italian Renaissance, and even the ruthless Vlad the Impaler."
"Pub. 1969. A lifelong journey of a man who grew up in post WWI Romania. He has his deeply rooted prejudices towards Jewish people which sometime experience major flareups with minor unpleasant incidents. His views are overtime transformed into a more understanding position."
"Pub. 2009. What a wonderfully well written biography. Moser gives a thorough examination of Clarice Lispector's life, provides a historical context, and gives a detailed analysis of each book she has written."