Title: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Author: Stieg Larrson
Genre: Fiction: Mystery
Reading Experience: once getting through the slow first half it is impossible to put down
Set in Sweden, this captivating murder mystery centers around an unusual heroine, Lisbeth Salander, an investigative/computer hacking genius. Salander is commissioned by Frode, Henrik Vanger’s lawyer, to investigate Mikael Blomkvist. Blomkvist is a controversial financial investigative journalist who recently was sentenced to a few months in prison. Salander’s story and Blomkvist’s are interwoven. When Blomkvist agrees to work for Henrik Vanger, an old wealthy man, he is launched in to the midst of investigating the murder of his granddaughter, Harriet, who disappeared 40 years ago. This beginning of the famous series, is a dangerously intriguing read; once you start you can’t stop.
Author: Jane Austen
Reading Experience: can be confusing due to the incredibly long sentences and 19th century vocabulary
The namesake of the novel, Emma Woodhouse, stars as Austen’s main character. She is a young, twenty two year old who is viewed as perfect by all except Mr. Knightly, her brother-in-laws brother. Emma meddles into everyone business. She loves to make matches, and she is proud of her talent. When she makes her match she gives heavy consideration to social class, etiquette, as well as occupation in order to pair a successful couple. In addition to the plot, analysis of Austen’s writing in order to determine whether she was liberal or conservative is an engaging endeavor in and of itself!
Title: The Stranger
Author: Albert Camus
Reading Experience: interesting to get a small glimpse of such a bizarre ideology
The Stranger is about a few days in the life of a French man named Meursault. The story begins with the death of Meursault’s mother. This opening reveals Meursault’s unique perspective on life. Contrary to society’s expectations, he isn’t fazed by his mother’s death. He agrees because he is indifferent about marriage and love. As Meursault and Marie’s “relationship” develops, Meursault finds himself befriending the alleged pimp, Raymond, who lives on his floor. Raymond is a brutal character who beats the girl he is seeing and financially supporting. Meursault’s journey sheds light on existentialism and the notion of the absurd.
Title: Waiting For Godot
Author: Samuel Beckett
Genre: Play, Fiction
Reading Experience: hilarious, repetitive, and irritating
In the play, “Waiting For Godot”, absolutely nothing happens. For the entire duration of the play, the main characters, Estragon and Vladimir, are waiting for Godot. While the two wait, they encounter Pozzo and his slave Lucky. Though nothing ever happens, the dynamic between characters and absurdity of the play makes you laugh out loud. It is also insightful to delve into Beckett’s absurd philosophy.