Category Archives: Classic

The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Mass market, 127 pages, 1952 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: Even though Hemingway is considered by many to be a ‘man’s man’ type of a writer, I love everything I’ve read by him, especially my all-time favourite short story, ‘Hills Like White Elephants.’ Synopsis: An old fisherman, on an eighty-four day streak […]

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade (available in mass market), 286 pages, 1920 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I’m a big fan of Wharton’s book House of Mirth. Synopsis: Newland Archer seems to have everything – good social standing among his New York peers, the luxury of leading the life of a gentleman, and a sweet bride-to-be, […]

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 151 pages, 1966 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: People kept telling me to read it upon finding out my favourite classic book was Jane Eyre. Synopsis: Rochester’s mad wife, Antoinette, of Charlotte Brontes Jane Eyre gets a chance to tell her own story in Rhys’ novel, from life as an outcast […]

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 272 pages, 1933 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: A t.a. I had at university brought this book up constantly. It was The Book. Synopsis: Gertrude Stein has cleverly crafted what is actually her own biography, as seen through the eyes of her longtime companion, Alice. Stein takes us through her early […]