Anna Karenina

"What happiness?" Written by the famed Leo Tolstoy in the late nineteenth century, Anna Karenina has an enduring place not only in Russian literature but the canon of mankind. A saloon novel filled with philosophical moments, this hefty novel can seem daunting at first. But take a deep breath, and take it chapter by chapter. The … Continue reading Anna Karenina

Don Quixote

“Take my advice and live for a long, long time. Because the maddest thing a man can do in this life is to let himself die.” Don Quixote (Cervantes, 1605), widely acclaimed as the first Western novel, is a daunting yet worthy challenge for any serious reader. Originally published in two volumes, today's editions weigh in at just under … Continue reading Don Quixote

Mrs. Dalloway

“Fear no more, says the heart, committing its burden to some sea, which sighs collectively for all sorrows, and renews, begins, collects, lets fall." Published after World War I, Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf, 1925) is a beautifully crafted and subtle work that examines the psychological toll the war has taken on Londoners. The text's poetic prose and stream … Continue reading Mrs. Dalloway